Election: Biden sweeps Florida, Illinois primaries as coronavirus shakes up voting
Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the Florida and Illinois Democratic presidential primaries on Tuesday, defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders and solidifying his lead for the party’s nomination.
Ohio’s vote was postponed as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Arizona’s polls close at 10 p.m. Eastern, in a contest Biden is also expected to win.
Biden’s Florida and Illinois victories will bolster his already-strong delegate lead, and put pressure on Sanders to quit the race. Ahead of Tuesday’s contests, Biden led Sanders by more than 150 delegates, according to a tracker by the Wall Street Journal. It takes 1,991 to win the nomination at the Democrats’ summer convention.
surged more than 1,000 points on Tuesday, aided by the Trump administration’s backing of an $850 billion stimulus plan and the Federal Reserve’s move to backstop the commercial paper market. The Dow’s recovery came after it suffered its worst one-day fall since the 1987 market crash.
The spread of the virus, meanwhile, is disrupting other states’ voting plans. Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana have postponed their scheduled primaries.
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