Florida governor says presidential primary will go on: 'They voted during the Civil War'

Florida governor says presidential primary will go on: 'They voted during the Civil War'
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills A sad reality: In a season of giving, most will ignore America's poor Walt Disney World pauses vaccine mandate after DeSantis signs new legislation MORE (R) confirmed Friday that Florida would vote as scheduled in Tuesday's presidential primaries amid continued concern over the coronavirus outbreak.

“We’re definitely voting. They voted during the Civil War. We’re going to vote,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Tallahassee, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

DeSantis's remarks came the same day Louisiana announced it would postpone its April 4 presidential primary due to concerns over the coronavirus.

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“We want to protect the health and safety of all Louisianans by doing our part to prevent the spread of this highly infectious disease,” Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R) said.

DeSantis told reporters on Friday that the results of the primaries in Florida are unlikely to change even if voter turnout is lower than expected.

Polls show that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE has a huge lead over his Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 MORE (I-Vt.) in the Sunshine State.

President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE will also be on the ballot, though he is not facing serious competition in the GOP primary. The president has won by landslides in all of the GOP primaries so far this year.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, around 1.7 million Floridians had already voted through mail-in ballots or early voting as of Friday morning.

Under DeSantis's direction, polling places located in assisted living facilities have been moved elsewhere.

Coronavirus has been shown to be significantly more deadly to older people and people with underlying health conditions.

Florida is one of four states voting Tuesday, along with Illinois, Arizona and Ohio.