Alaska Democrats see spike in ballots in the 2020 vote-by-mail primary

 

Alaska Democratic Party officials announced that the number of ballots received Friday, the cutoff for the state’s vote-by-mail primary, was nearly double the number of votes cast by caucus-goers in 2016.

Jeanne Devon, communications director for the Alaska Democratic Party, said Saturday that that over 19,813 ballots were cast in the mail-in primary, CBS News reported. In the 2016 caucuses, 10,610 Alaska Democrats participated.

Results for the primary are expected around 9 p.m. EST, according to the outlet. 

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote MORE (I-Vt.) won the Alaska primary in 2016 against former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAppeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Sunday Shows: Trump's court pick dominates MORE. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE is the presumptive nominee for the party this year, after Sanders dropped out of the race earlier this week. 

Biden, Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardRepublicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Gabbard says she 'was not invited to participate in any way' in Democratic convention MORE (D-Hawaii) all appeared on the state’s ballots, according to CBS News.

The Alaska Democratic Party canceled its in-person primary last month originally scheduled for April 4 over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for all ballots was extended to April 10 for voters throughout the state.

The Alaska Republican Party canceled its primary in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE last year, saying that it “would serve no useful purpose.” Alaska was joined by Republican parties in Nevada and South Carolina, among others.

Sanders suspended his presidential bid Wednesday, saying in a live-streamed address to supporters that “I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path to victory is virtually impossible.”