When Peter Petracca, tells people in Vietnam — where he now lives —that he's American, the conversation always turns political. Usually three questions or statements ensue.
"'Who are you voting for'" is one question asked, along with expressions of admiration for current President Barack Obama, the 27-year-old start-up founder told CNBC recently. Yet more recently, he'll get an occasional shameful shake of the head, along with the words: 'Oh no, Donald Trump.'"
As U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reach the home stretch of an unprecedented general election cycle countries around the world have been have captivated even as Americans grow weary of the spectacle. The Democrat and Republican have received wide coverage in foreign media, appearing regularly on the front pages of international newspapers and on their TV screens.
Despite Election Day being more than a week away, millions have already cast their ballot via absentee and early voting. The volatile race is fluid: the Democratic former secretary of state holds an edge in most polls but the billionaire real estate mogul remains competitive.
There are an estimated 8 million Americans living abroad, not including military, according to The Association of Americans Resident Overseas organization. CNBC spoke with a number of millennial American expats, most of whom already voted in their resident countries. The voting bloc of U.S. citizens under 35 are among the most hotly coveted by both campaigns.
"Most people in the U.S. don't realize that other countries follow the U.S. election and even know a lot on how the U.S. government is structured and operates," Kyle Austin, an expat living in Germany, told CNBC.