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Biden's vote for himself may not be his last

November 06, 2012|By Michael A. Memoli

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Tuesday marked the eighth time that Vice President Joe Biden has cast a ballot for himself in a statewide election in Delaware. Asked if it was also the last, the former senator grinned and responded: "I don't think so."

Biden, 69, has not ruled out running for president in 2016.

He arrived to vote at Alexis I. duPont High School just a few minutes after the polls opened, joined by some of his family, including wife Jill and son Beau.

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Biden said he was feeling good about the outcome Tuesday, and encouraged Americans to exercise their right to vote.

"And people who are standing in line in a lot of places, I encourage you to stand in line as long as you have to," he added. Democrats are counting on a massive turnout operation in swing states to help carry them to victory.

Biden had about a 11-minute wait to take his turn in the voting booth. A poll worker apologized that he had to stand in line, but he brushed it off. "I offered him my spot!" a woman waiting ahead of him said.

After voting, Biden was scheduled to return home before departing for Chicago to join President Obama for what the campaign hopes is a victory celebration.

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