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.

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