Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning to limit gatherings of more than ten people in an effort to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, the March 17 U.S. Democratic primary will still go on as scheduled in three of the four states scheduled to vote on Tuesday. The governors of Arizona, Florida, and Illinois all opted to not cancel the primary elections in their state.
Conversely, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) announced that his state is postponing its primary until further notice. He says that his office has “submitted a plan that will preserve voters’ rights” and “sets in-person voting to occur on June 2nd”.
Illinois, where The Doherty Files is headquartered, experienced logistical problems as a result of COVID-19 fears while opening Tuesday morning. According to WGN-TV, “at least 50 polling sites opened late, and hundreds of poll workers backed out last minute over fears of the virus”.
Staffing the polling locations has proved to be a struggle for many states across the country. Florida, among many as of recent, has lost “175 workers so far, and has turned to the local sheriff, schools and county government to find people to fill their spots”, according to POLITICO’s Matt Dixon and Gary Fineout.
In all of the states still scheduled to vote Tuesday, Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is projected to earn a majority (if not, a plurality) of the statewide delegates, according to polling site FiveThirtyEight. Mr. Biden, who leads in overall delegate count right now, is expected by many to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for President in The 2020 Election.
Live coverage of the March 17 Primary will be available on The Doherty Files Tuesday evening.