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 DeSantisDeSantis: It's safe to hug with PPE on Police say man spat on child in restaurant and said 'you now have coronavirus' On The Money: White House warns there's likely no deal with no agreement by Friday | More generous unemployment benefits lead to better jobs: study | 167K workers added to private payrolls in July 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.


“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 BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE has a huge lead over his Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) in the Sunshine State.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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.