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Coronavirus crisis: states postpone primaries

NAfter Louisiana, the US state of Georgia is postponing the presidential primaries of Democrats and Republicans because of the coronavirus crisis. The area code planned for March 24 will be postponed to May 19, the government of Georgia said. The health of the election workers, their families and the entire population was “top priority for him,” said executive government official Brad Raffensperger.

On March 24, both the opposition Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Republicans wanted to hold their primaries in Georgia. However, after 66 confirmed coronavirus cases and one death, Governor Brian Kemp declared the health emergency on Saturday.

Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio stick to appointments

On Friday, Louisiana had already postponed its area code planned for April 4 to June 20. Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio, on the other hand, want to stick to their primaries scheduled for next Tuesday. In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency earlier this week because of the coronavirus crisis.

The spread of the novel corona virus had already overshadowed the Democratic primary to determine the Trump challenger in the past few days. The two presidential applicants Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceled planned campaign events.

A TV duel scheduled for Sunday between the former vice president and the left-wing senator will be held without an audience due to the corona virus. It will also move from Arizona to Washington, DC.


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