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• The coronavirus pandemic has upended the Democratic primary calendar, with almost a dozen states deciding to delay their elections or move to all-mail balloting.
• New York is both a delegate-heavy primary state and the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. New York was scheduled to vote on April 28, but the primary has now been moved to June 23.
• The delays in holding primaries should not prevent the voters’ will from being reflected in the results. But the changes will likely scramble the process of holding the state and local meetings that determine which people fill the delegate spots won by each candidate.
Sabato's Crystal Ball, "The Road to Milwaukee: How the Democratic Primary Will Unfold," Feb. 3, 2020
FiveThirtyEight, "13 Presidential Primaries Have Now Been Delayed Over The Coronavirus," March 25, 2020
Washington Post, "The Trailer: Why Democrats aren't scared to push back against the president in this crisis," March 24, 2020
NPR, "Wisconsin Pushes Forward With April 7 Primary Despite Coronavirus," March 23, 2020
Miami Herald, "Puerto Rico postpones Democratic presidential primary as COVID-19 upends politics," March 23, 2020
Wichita Eagle, "Kansas Democrats encouraged to vote in presidential primary by mail amid pandemic," March 18, 2020
Philadelphia Inquirer, "Pennsylvania governor, legislative leaders reach deal to postpone 2020 primary for coronavirus," March 22, 2020
New York Post, "NY Democratic leader floats nixing state’s presidential primary," March 23, 2020
New York Post, "Bernie Sanders will stay in 2020 race until New York primary," March 24, 2020
Vox.com, "Joe Biden has now essentially won the Democratic nomination," March 18, 2020
Interview with Josh Putnam, political scientist specializing in the nomination process, March 24, 2020