The Hill's Campaign Report: New York cancels primary amid coronavirus

The Hill's Campaign Report: New York cancels primary amid coronavirus
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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail. 




CANCELED: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE’s (I-Vt.) team and allies are hitting back against a vote by Democrats on the New York State Board of Elections to cancel the party’s presidential primary. The vote, which took place on Monday, declared that the state’s presidential primary was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, but is allowing congressional and state-level races to go ahead as planned. 

The cancellation of the presidential primary could potentially lower turnout and the number of ballots that need to be counted. This could prevent further spread of the virus in the state, especially in the downstate region.

However, Sanders’s team is hitting back, calling the move “a blow to American democracy” after the campaign, which was suspended earlier this month, sent a letter to the State Board of Elections asking that he remain on the June 23 ballot. 

Remember, Sanders may be out of the race, but he has vowed to stay on the ballot in remaining primaries in an effort to gather enough delegates to exert pressure on the Democratic National Convention to adopt more progressive platforms.

Sanders adviser Jeff Weaver accused New York in a statement of violating its delegate selection plan, saying the state should lose all of its delegates ahead of the party's convention, as well as calling for a "broader review by the Democratic Party of New York's checkered pattern of voter disenfranchisement." Meanwhile, the Sanders-aligned group Our Revolution said they will go to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) credentials committee and challenge any delegates New York plans on sending to the convention. 

The brewing dispute does not appear to be calming down anytime soon. While the party’s leaders are mostly unified around Biden, the outcry over the move to cancel the primary could reinforce skepticism toward the party’s establishment among progressive voters ahead of the general election.


-- Julia Manchester



New York cancels Democratic presidential primary over coronavirus, by Julia.

Sanders adviser: NY presidential primary cancellation 'a blow to American democracy', by Julia.

Sanders petitions New York to remain on primary ballot, by Jonathan Easley.

Bloomberg to pay health care costs for campaign workers through November, by John Bowden.

Jesse Ventura says he's 'testing the waters' for Green Party bid for president, by John.



Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMilitary bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' Women must continue to persist to rise as political leaders of America MORE (D-Calif.) formally endorsed Biden on Monday, calling him a “voice of reason and resilience.” "When our nation faced the Great Recession, it was Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE who led the implementation — and the accountability — of the Recovery Act, helping create and save millions of jobs. When the Democratic Congress was passing the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden was a partner for progress in the White House and also championed the Cancer Moonshot,” Pelosi said in a prerecorded video. Pelosi is the latest major Democratic figure to throw her support behind Biden, following Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down How Obama can win back millions of Trump voters for Biden Biden taps Obama alums for high-level campaign positions: report MORE. The Hill’s Justin Wise reports.

Biden also scored an endorsement from House Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProgressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation banning government use of facial recognition technologies MORE (D-Wash.) on Monday a week after her fellow co-chair Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanSteyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary Why Veterans Affairs workers don't trust the Trump administration MORE (D-Wis.) threw his support behind the former vice president. "While I have not always agreed with Vice President Biden on matters of policy, I am ready to work with him to craft and then implement the most progressive agenda of any candidate in history," Jayapal said. Pocan, along with Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal It's time to eliminate land-based nuclear missiles Stronger patent rights would help promote US technological leadership MORE (D-Calif.), who endorsed Biden last week, served as co-chairmen of Sanders's campaign, Julia reports.

Biden is mostly watching from the sidelines as fellow Democrats in Congress and at the state level clash with Trump over the federal government’s response to the coronavirus, Alexander Bolton reports.

Trump’s love of the spotlight maybe be backfiring on him as public sentiment cuts against the president, Niall Stanage reports.

Sanders has outlined steps Biden can take on health care that he says would be popular as the former vice president prioritizes uniting the Democratic Party ahead of the general election, Tal Axelrod reports.



Joshua Sandman:Trump on course for reelection, even if he loses the popular vote

Jason Gold: How Joe Biden can make history with his finance picks

Douglas SchoenDouglas SchoenSunday shows - Focus shifts to Judiciary impeachment hearing Bloomberg pollster: Candidate's campaign will focus on climate change, guns, education and income inequality Ukraine scandal shows that foreign influence is a bipartisan affair MORE: President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE faces hurdle with swing state voters




Support for mail-in voting is growing as many states grapple with how to safely hold elections amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, according to a new AP-NORC poll.



The progressive super PAC Pacronym is preparing to launch a roughly $800,000 digital ad buy hitting Trump over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill’s Max Greenwood reports. The ads are set to run across digital platforms in five key battleground states — Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — as part of a $75 million effort by Pacronym and its affiliated nonprofit Acronym. 

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is out with a new four-figure digital ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Carville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race MORE (R-Ky.) over his recent suggestion that states declare bankruptcy rather than receive additional federal aid as they grapple with the coronavirus outbreak, Max reports.

Biden’s allies are concerned that the former vice president’s campaign will not be able to compete with Trump’s fundraising juggernaut, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the economy. Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easley report.





Biden: 50 percent (+9)

Trump: 40 percent (-4)



Biden: 65 percent

Trump: 29 percent







(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)

April 28:



May 2:

Kansas Democratic primary


May 12:

Nebraska primaries


May 19:

Oregon primaries


May 22:

Hawaii Democratic primary


June 2:

Delaware primaries

District of Columbia primaries

Indiana primaries

Maryland primaries

Montana primaries

New Mexico primaries

Pennsylvania primaries

Rhode Island primaries

South Dakota primaries


June 9:

Georgia primaries

West Virginia primaries


June 23:

Kentucky primaries

New York primaries (CANCELED)


July 7:

New Jersey primaries


July 11:



July 14:

Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff


August 11:

Connecticut primary


August 17-20:

Democratic National Convention


August 24-27:

Republican National Convention


One hopeful thing 

We haven’t technically seen Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci warns new coronavirus mutation may cause virus to spread more easily GOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response Overnight Health Care: Experts fear July 4 weekend will exacerbate coronavirus spread | Texas Gov. Abbott will require masks in most of the state | Fauci warns: 'We are not going in the right direction' MORE in a few days due to the absence of the White House daily press briefings over the weekend, but we did see the renowned infectious disease doctor impersonated on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) over the weekend by none other than Brad Pitt. 

The skit, which served as the show’s cold open, featured Pitt sitting at a desk with a wig and glasses on. Pitt, imitating Fauci’s voice, responded to a number of video clips of President Trump talking about his coronavirus response. 

At the end of the clip, Pitt took off the wig and glasses to thank Fauci and first responders across the country. 

Now this all came after Fauci jokingly told CNN earlier this month that if he would want anyone on Saturday Night Live to play him, he’d want Pitt. 

You can watch the full SNL clip here

We’ll see you all tomorrow for the latest campaign news and updates.