DemDaily: CHANGES: Tonight’s Debate and Campaign Calendar

March 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the world has hit America, historically altering an already unprecedented twist of events in the 2020 contest for the White House.

Sanders-Biden go head-to-head in tonight's debate, now in DC (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

As the state of the 2020 presidential election, and the status of the country's health, continues to change rapidly, DemList will continue to keep you informed daily of all developments.

In the last 72 hours, two states, Louisiana and Georgia, have postponed their presidential primary dates by two months. Wyoming has suspended in-person voting in its upcoming primary, urging people to vote by mail instead.

"Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel," the Democratic National Committee (DNC) changed tonight's eleventh Democratic primary debate from Phoenix Arizona to Washington, DC. The two candidates on stage will be former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. There will be no studio audience, but the country will be watching.

According to the Associated Press, Biden leads the delegate count with 890 to Sanders' 736. Together, that accounts for 47% of the pledged national convention delegates that will be voting in Milwaukee.

In an interview with Axios on HBO, DNC Chair Tom Perez said the Party is not entertaining the idea of cancelling July's Democratic convention due to the coronavirus. "We are working with our state and local partners, and I'm confident that we'll work a plan that will enable us to have our convention."

Perez added that holding an online convention would require a change in the DNC bylaws, and "we're not contemplating rule changes."

Eleventh Democratic Primary Debate

Date March 15, 2020, Sunday
Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm ET
Location Washington, DC. CNN Studios
Networks/Host CNN, Univision and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' BOLD PAC
Moderators CNN's Dana Bash and Jake Tapper, and Univisions's Ilia Calderón, taking the place of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos who is in quarantine after being "in proximity with someone who was in direct contact with a person that tested positive for coronavirus"
Live Streaming, CNN's mobile app, smart TV apps and Univision's digital properties
Candidates Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
Qualifications Candidates must meet the threshold of at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates allocated across all of the 28 presidential primary and contests to-date

2020 Campaign Calendar Countdown
March 14: Northern Marianas Caucus (6 Delegates)
Sanders won 84 votes for four delegates, to Biden's 47 votes for two delegates.

May 2: Guam Caucus, Kansas Primary (46 Delegates)
May 5: Indiana Primaries (82 Delegates)
May 12: Nebraska and West Virginia Primaries (57 Delegates)
Special Elections in Wisconsin's 7th and California's 25th Congressional Districts
May 19: Kentucky and Oregon Primaries (115 Delegates)
Georgia Primary/Rescheduled Date (105 Delegates)
Republican State Parties have cancelled their 2020 primaries in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, South Carolina and Virginia. All delegates are expected to be allocated to President Trump

June 2: D.C., Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico
and South Dakota Primaries (215 Delegates)
June 6: Virgin Islands Caucus (7 Delegares)
June 20: Louisiana Primary/Rescheduled Date (54 Delegates)

July 13-16: Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 24-27: Republican National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina

September 29: First Presidential Debate (Notre Dame, Indiana)
October 7: Vice Presidential Debate (Salt Lake City, Utah)
October 15: Second Presidential Debate (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
October 22: Third Presidential Debate (Nashville, Tennessee)


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