Tim Kaine votes, grabs breakfast with buddies in Richmond

Posted at 7:38 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 09:49:54-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine voted early Tuesday morning in Richmond.

Kaine, and his wife Anne Holton, were among the first voters at The Hermitage at Ginter Park.

"It's so nice to be able to walk over from our house," Kaine, who lives two blocks from the polling place, said. "These poll workers are regulars."

Despite his planning, Kaine ended up second in line -- perhaps also appropriate for the potential vice president.

Kaine told CNN's "New Day" that he "got to my polling place about a quarter until 6," and that "there was already a line" when he arrived.

The Virginia senator was beaten to the polls by 99-year old Minerva Turpin.

"Well, Ms. Turpin gave me reason to believe that I might win her vote. I voted at a senior center that's two blocks from my house. She is the president of the residents' association. So she welcomed me -- she was the first voter, I was the second voter. She pinned my 'you voted' stick on after I completed my ballot," he said.

Kaine added: "We think that there's going to be huge turnout. And that is good news for democracy when people participate."

After casting his ballot, Kaine took questions from reporters who asked about his mood.

"We feel good. It's kind of like we've done all we can do now it's in the hands of the voters. But, we feel really comfortable about it," he said.

After doing a round of morning talk shows, Kaine said he planned to grab breakfast with his friends, go for a neighborhood walk, and spend time with his wife and family.

"Mid-day or so we'll start to move up to New York and just be nervous for a while," he said.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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