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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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Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe.

We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail. 

 

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LEADING THE DAY:  

CANCELED: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Congress can protect sacred Oak Flat in Arizona from mining project 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.

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-- Julia Manchester

 

READ MORE:

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.

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter' Biden to address Congress on April 28 NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap 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 Biden 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 WarrenForgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAmerica needs an Operation Warp Speed for cancer Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Obama on Daunte Wright: We need to reimagine policing MORE. The Hill’s Justin Wise reports.

Biden also scored an endorsement from House Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalFive hurdles Democrats face to pass an infrastructure bill Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority MORE (D-Wash.) on Monday a week after her fellow co-chair Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanBiden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike Senate GOP slams Biden defense budget Omar rips Bezos amid union fight: Forces workers to 'defecate in bags' MORE (D-Wis.) threw his support behind the former vice president. "While I have not always agreed with Vice President BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE 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) KhannaOvernight Defense: Biden makes his Afghanistan decision Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike 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.

 

PERSPECTIVES:

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 TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE faces hurdle with swing state voters

 

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FROM CONGRESS & THE STATES:

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.

 

MONEY WATCH:

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 McConnellMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Colin Powell on Afghanistan: 'We've done all we can do' 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.

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POLL WATCH:

USA TODAY/SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY – NATIONAL

Biden: 50 percent (+9)

Trump: 40 percent (-4)

 

SIENA COLLEGE – NEW YORK GENERAL ELECTION

Biden: 65 percent

Trump: 29 percent

 

AP-NORC-- MAIL-IN-VOTING

SUPPORT MAIL-IN-VOTING: 39 percent

OPPOSE MAIL-IN-VOTING: 40 percent

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

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

April 28:

Ohio

 

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:

Louisiana

 

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 FauciOvernight Health Care: US health officials call for J&J vaccine pause over rare blood clots | White House seeks to reassure Five questions raised by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause Biden says vaccine supply not impacted by J&J pause 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.