Biden, 77, has a significant lead over Sanders, 78, in the race to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee and run against President Donald Trump in November.
A candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates to become the party’s nominee come August. Biden is ahead of Sanders 1,215-909, while many of the remaining states have delayed their primary votes until June and beyond.
According to the New York Times, 15 states have postponed their primary votes because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The DNC chair, Tom Perez, encouraged states who have yet to hold their votes to look into vote-by-mail and curbside ballot pickups as potential ways to still safely hold their contests.
Perez said in a statement Thursday that the DNC will continue to be in contact with health officials and local authorities to monitor the “fluid situation.”
“The Democratic Party is ready to defeat Donald Trump, the American people are ready to elect a Democratic president, and I have absolute confidence that our team is ready to deliver a successful convention for our nominee,” Perez said.
Federal health officials joined many states and local communities in mid March in asking Americans to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10. Biden, Sanders, and Trump had to reshuffle their campaign tactics and cancel rallies scheduled for the coming months.
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Biden and Sanders, who are both in their late 70s and therefore more at risk if they contract the coronavirus, participated in an unusual debate without a live audience in mid-March. They have since largely communicated with voters via video messages from their homes.
President Trump likewise told reporters this week he will largely remain at the White House rather than travel.
Sanders told The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg on Wednesday that he planned to stay in the primary race, despite the deficit he faces in the delegate count, adding that he was “assessing” his campaign and how to move forward after Biden became the clear front-runner in early March.
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