INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s delayed and revamped primary election is about to conclude with the final votes being cast. The coronavirus outbreak prompted state officials to push back the primary by four weeks and encourage mail-in voting. Those health concerns have morphed into worries about some mail-in ballots missing a deadline to be counted and lines at in-person polling places as some counties slashed their number of voting sites. Voting results might not be finalized Tuesday night in some counties as voters requested more than 10 times the number of mail-in ballots than were cast in the 2016 primary.
Primaries become test run for campaigning during coronavirus
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Tuesday’s primary elections in seven states and Washington, D.C., are both significant elections and big tests of campaigning during the age of coronavirus. Both major political parties have been revamping their operations to adjust to politics during lockdowns. Some campaigns have gotten volunteers to hand-write letters to try to turn out supporters. Others are shifting money into television budgets, figuring an electorate largely stuck at home is binge-watching. Many have shifted their resources to back an ad hoc tech support model, assembling seasoned advisers who can talk nervous voters step-by-step through the process of requesting absentee ballots.
Biden looks to clinch nomination
WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether Joe Biden will win Tuesday’s eight primaries isn’t in doubt. But will it be enough to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination? The former vice president needs to win 89% of all delegates at stake to do so. Biden is the last candidate standing. But supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders keep urging voters to cast ballots for him so he can amass delegates and have a greater influence on the party policy platform at the Democratic National Convention. Biden has met the 89% threshold in only two contests since Super Tuesday: Mississippi and Nebraska. Votes will be cast in Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and the District of Columbia.
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