DemDaily: The New Super Tuesday and Primary Updates!

April 10, 2020

Daily, radical changes to the national political landscape have become the new norm as our country continues to struggle with the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis.

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Primaries and Postponements
New Jersey is the latest of sixteen states that have now postponed or extended their Democratic presidential primaries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While some states have postponed their presidential contests by weeks or months, others, like Alaska, which is holding its primaries today, have cancelled in-person voting and have moved entirely to vote-by-mail.

This week Georgia, which had already postponed its primary from March 24th to May 19th, changed its date for a second time, now to be held on June 9th. Puerto Rico has also postponed their primary for a second time, with a date still to be determined.

June 2nd has now become the new Super Tuesday with now nine primaries, including Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, as well as Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota, which already had votes set for that date. 

Yesterday, New Jersey, also scheduled for June 2nd, moved their primary to July 7th, raising questions about whether other states will go ahead with their votes on that date.

Last week, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the Democratic Convention, scheduled to take place July 13-16th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been postponed to the week of August 17th.

(Matthew Hatcher/Getty)

With Joe Biden now the presumptive nominee, following the suspension of Bernie Sanders' campaign this week, some are questioning why we are still holding primaries.

For one, while Sanders acknowledges Biden as the party's 2020 nominee, he has vowed to stay on the ballot in all remaining primary states to secure as many delegates as possible at the Democratic convention in order "to exert significant influence over the party platform."

Regardless, the presidential is not the only race on the ballot, as thousands of congressional, state and local contests are also in play.

Partisan on Postal
That leaves it to each state to determine the fate of their primaries and process, with Democrats pushing vote by mail as a necessary alternative, while President Trump claims vote by mail is a recipe for fraud.

"Mail ballots, they cheat," said Trump this week, promoting a false narrative disproved by his own Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which he abruptly shut down in 2018 after it was unable to prove voter fraud had taken place in the 2016 elections.

(Jason Redmond/Agence France-Presse)

Five states currently conduct all elections entirely by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and the conservative red state of Utah. At least 21 other states have laws that allow certain smaller elections, such as school board contests, to be conducted by mail.

But fueled by Trump and other Republican leaders, the battle over vote-by-mail has erupted into a partisan one, with legal fights in individual states, like the one that took place in Wisconsin this week -- where voters were ultimately forced to choose between their own safety and casting their ballots in-person on Tuesday.

Alternatively, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is relying on an increasingly sophisticated digital outreach effort to mobilize and engage voters. "As our country deals with the uncertainty of COVID-19, it is critical that states provide clarity and not confusion, which could lead to disenfranchising voters...The simplest tool is vote by mail, which is already in use in a number of states and should be made available to all registered voters," said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

To keep you informed, DemList has posted the 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar on our site with daily primary updates. We urge state parties to contact us with new developments.

2020 Democratic Campaign Calendar
*Rescheduled Date

March 24: Georgia Primary-Postponed
March 29: Puerto Rico Primary-Postponed

April 4: Alaska Primary, Hawaii Primary and Wyoming Caucus-Extended, Louisiana Primaries-Postponed
April 7: Wisconsin Primary (84 Delegates)
April 10: *Alaska Primary (15 Delegates)
April 17: *Wyoming Caucus (24 Delegates)
April 26:  *Puerto Rico Primary-postponed (2nd time)
April 28: *Ohio Primary (136 Delegates), Special Election in Maryland's 7th Congressional District
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island Primaries-Postponed

May 2: Guam Caucus (7 Delegates), Kansas Primary (39)
May 5: Indiana Primary-Postponed
May 12: Nebraska Primary (29 Delegates),  Special Elections in Wisconsin's 7th and
California's 25th Congressional Districts, West Virginia Primary-Postponed
May 19: Oregon Primary (115 Delegates), Kentucky-Postponed, Georgia Primary-Postponed (2nd time)
May 22: *Hawaii Primary (24 Delegates)


June 2: D.C. Primary (20 Delegates), *Connecticut Primary (60), *Delaware Primary (21), *Indiana Primary (82), *Maryland Primary (96), Montana (96), Montana Primary (19), New Mexico Primary (34), *Pennsylvania Primary (186), *Rhode Island Primary (26) and South Dakota Primary (16). New Jersey Primary - Postponed
June 6: Virgin Islands Caucus (7 Delegates)
June 9: *West Virginia Primary (28 Delegates), *Georgia Primary (105)
June 20: *Louisiana Primary (54 Delegates)

June 23: *Kentucky Primary (54 Delegates), New York Primary (274)
Special Election in New York's 27th Congressional District

July 7: *New Jersey Primary (126 Delegates)
TBD: *Puerto Rico Primary (51 Delegates)

August 17-20: 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)

November 3: 2020 Election Day
January 20, 2021: Trump Out!

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Sources: NCSL, NewYorkTimes, NPR

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