Ohio becomes first Super Tuesday III state to call off primary

BREAKING NEWS: Ohio becomes first Super Tuesday III state to call off primary tomorrow over coronavirus – leaving Florida, Illinois and Arizona STILL going ahead with votes

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday afternoon that he planned to file a lawsuit that would allow the state to delay its presidential primary until June 2. 

At a news conference, DeWine said Ohio voters could vote by mail until June 2 – and then those who wish to vote in-person could come to the polls then. 

Voters in Ohio, along with Florida, Illinois and Arizona, are supposed to head to the polls Tuesday, as part of the next wave of primaries during this presidential election year.  

Ohio’s Gov. Mike DeWine said he’ll file a lawsuit in order to get the presidential primary delayed until June 2. Ohio residents will be able to mail in ballots until that date, which will also be when the state will hold in-person voting 

DeWine, a Republican, said that he consulted the leaders of both parties before making a plan to postpone in-person balloting. 

‘We fully support this recommendation, while knowing how difficult this will be on our candidates and their campaigns,’ Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken said  in a statement to Cincinnati.com. ‘We will work with all parties to assist in disseminating information on the new primary date and the new voting rules associated with this change.’ 

DeWine will file suit in Franklin County, where individuals reside who could face severe consequences from COVID-19. 

Previously, state officials in both Louisiana and Alabama have sought to delay voting. 

The two major Democratic presidential candidates left – Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders – have largely been tele-campaigning since cancelling their Cleveland, Ohio rallies scheduled to take place last Tuesday night. 

Sanders will hold a ‘digital’ campaign rally Monday night. 

Biden has been participating in ‘virtual’ campaign event targeting voters in these four states. 

Both men participated in a Democratic primary debate Sunday night. They greeted each other with an elbow bump and their podiums were kept six feet apart. 

The debate took place in CNN’s Washington, D.C., studios as opposed to a venue in Phoenix, Arizona, ensuring that the two candidates didn’t have to travel far.   

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