Joe Biden Starts Election Day With Visit to Son Beau's Grave

Former Vice President Joe Biden began election day with a visit to his parish church for a mass service, followed by a visit to his son Beau's grave in the church's cemetery.

The press pool accompanying Biden said Tuesday morning that the Democratic candidate and his wife Jill entered St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic church in Greenville, Delaware, at 7:10 a.m.

After a service lasting around an hour, NPR political correspondent Scott Detrow—who is accompanying the vice president—said Biden visited his son Beau's grave.

"Joe Biden is beginning what could be the most important day of his life the way he's begun many others: Mass at his parish," Detrow wrote. "After Mass, Biden visited the family grave plot at the church cemetery. His son Beau is buried here among another family members. Now, it's off to Scranton."

Beau—the Democratic former attorney general of Delaware and a major in the Delaware Army National Guard who served in the occupation of Iraq—died in 2015 at the age of 46 from brain cancer. Beau had been touted as a future national Democratic politician, following in the footsteps of his father.

Biden has said the memory of Beau still inspires him and has spurred him on during the presidential race. President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Biden's family—specifically his son Hunter—during the presidential campaign. Trump and his allies have tried to use Hunter's corporate record and drug addiction to smear Biden as unfit for office.

During the first presidential debate in Cleveland in September, Trump tried to attack Hunter while Biden was discussing Beau's military record. "Are you talking about Hunter?" Trump interrupted, to which Biden snapped back: "I'm talking about my son, Beau Biden. The president replied: "I don't know Beau. I know Hunter."

Having attended his church, Biden is continuing election day by heading to his home town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and later on to Philadelphia. The Keystone State has been touted as the key prize in Tuesday's vote, and will likely prove a pivotal part of either campaign's eventual victory.

Both the Trump and Biden campaigns made their final push in Pennsylvania on Monday, urging their supporters to vote and help carry the state and its 20 electoral college votes.

Trump won the state by less than a point over Hillary Clinton in 2016, but Biden appears to have a better chance than his predecessor. The former vice president is ahead of the incumbent by around 5 points in the final state polls, though Trump told supporters Monday he was confident of a big win.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church for mass on the morning of November 3, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Getty