US Presidential Election

  • Joe Biden has said he believes he's on course to win the US presidential election.


    But it's all still to play for in the US election with a few key states left in play.

    Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are still counting and it may be into tomorrow before there's a result there.

    Donald Trump leads in those states but there are many votes still to be counted that it's expected will lean towards the Democrats.

    Joe Biden says he believes he'll win Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania which would put him into the White House.

    Donald Trump has tweeted this morning, accusing the Democrats of trying to steal the election.

    There are still millions of votes to be counted and it may be many hours before we know the official result.

  • Americans are voting for their next US President today.

    Current President Donald Trump is currently trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by over 8 percent on average in the polls nationwide. But of course, the polls are not always accurate or right.

    Nearly 99 million people have voted early, which is over 70 percent of the total votes cast in 2016.

    The Blewitt family in Knockmore have an added interest in the race, as Joe Biden is a relative. The Blewitt family link came through his mother,Jean. Her grandfather Edward Blewitt’s parents had travelled from Ballina to the United States during the Great Famine in the 1800s.

    Joe Biden visited with his Knockmore cousins when he travelled to Mayo as US Vice President in 2016.

    The following year he officially turned the sod on the new Mayo Roscommon Hospice facility in Castlebar.

    Laurita Blewitt was in Nevada earlier this year on the Joe Biden Presidential campaign and the former Vice President introduced her on stage as his Irish cousin. She is not in the US now due to Covid 19 Restrictions on travel, but she is busy as part of the very successful podcast team of Tommy Tiernan, Hector and herself.

    Laurita spoke to Midwest News today about the excitement in the family home in Knockmore as polling day is now underway.

    She described Joe Biden “as a safe pair of hands” to take the helm in a country where at present there is a lot of fear.

  • In Ballina this morning the bunting of American flags remain flying high  - just opposite the recently erected large mural of Joe Biden that overlooks it. The painting is the work of local artists Smiler Mitchell and Leslie Lackey.

    Market Square  was the focal point for last night’s gathering in Ballina to wish Joe Biden well – now that the count in underway in the US Presidential Election. A large screen was erected beside the mural and CNN coverage of the election count was beamed across the square – watched by supporters in cars, in a drive-in format, in an effort to ensure social distancing was maintained.

    Joe Biden has relatives in the Ballina area -the Blewitts,  and he visited the town back in 2016 when he was the US Vice President, when large crowds came out to meet and greet him.

    Now this morning, in Market Square the cars and people on the ground were few – but Midwest News caught up with David O’Malley, Mark Duffy and Paddy O'Hora members of the voluntary Ballina Clean-Up group, that organised last night’s gathering.

    While the result of this election is far from resolved this morning, the Ballina supporters are “keeping the faith”, and believe Joe Biden is on course to become the next President of the United States.

  • The US Presidential candidate with relatives in north Mayo, Joe Biden, has taken the lead in another key state.

    He's ahead by 5 thousand votes in Pennsylvania and would clinch the presidency if he wins that state.

    Joe Biden also leads in Nevada, Georgia and Arizona - meaning Donald Trump now has a slim chance of being re-elected.

  • Joe Biden says he'll win the US Presidential race with a "clear majority.

    The Democratic candidate who has cousins in North Mayo has spoken to the American people after overtaking Donald Trump in the key remaining states of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

    In a statement, President Trump says he's now contesting "the entire election process" in legal proceedings.

    It's now four days since voters went to the polls - and Mr Biden acknowledged that waiting for the result has been painfully slow.