The 2020 presidential election has been turned on its head due to the coronavirus crisis, with many states delaying voting until the spread of the virus is under control.
Following suit, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Saturday that the New York Democratic primary scheduled for April 28 will now take place on June 23, Mediaite reports.
Pushing back an election is only considered in extreme circumstances, but we are seeing that become the norm very quickly. Several states have already delayed their primaries as a way to enforce social distancing, and now, New York has joined their ranks.
New York state has quickly become the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S., with almost half of all reported cases occurring within the state.
Since New York already has state elections scheduled for June 23, choosing this date to hold the primary was a no-brainer for the governor.
“We’re supposed to have a presidential primary election that’s coming up on April 28,” Cuomo said, according to Mediaite. “I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote. A lot of people touching one doorknob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the device on the ballots, so we are going to delay that and link it to an election that was previously scheduled on June 23.”
Is Joe Biden still relevant?
During a national crisis, if the response is handled properly, the sitting president will usually see a significant rise in approval ratings. This has been reflected in recent polls, as Trump has some of his highest approval ratings since taking office currently, according to Politico.
Oddly enough, though, numerous polls are now giving a slight edge in the election to Joe Biden. Of course, this depends on the location of voters, but it is rather amazing that Joe Biden has anywhere from a two-to-nine-point advantage in these polls.
This has happened even though Joe Biden has been virtually absent as the crisis has ramped up and the few appearances that he has made have been filled with lies and gaffes.
Throw in the recent sexual assault allegation from former Biden staffer Tara Reade and it is astonishing that Biden is the person that seems to be benefitting the most from the nationwide shutdown.
What’s more, the postponement of the New York primary throws a major monkey wrench Bernie Sanders’ plans to continue challenging Biden for the nomination. Sanders announced this week that he plans to stay in the race until at least until the New York primary, according to the New York Post, despite calls for him to drop out.
If Sanders opts to stay in the race until the new primary date, it pushes the race uncomfortably close to the Democratic National Convention scheduled for mid-July. Could this lead to a brokered convention? Only time will tell.