Joe Biden will look to build on his dominant lead in the Democratic presidential contest when three states cast votes Tuesday; however, Ohio delayed its planned primary over health issues amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden, the front-runner and former VP, hopes big wins in nominating contests in Florida, Illinois and Arizona can help him gather an almost unassailable edge over competitor Bernie Sanders in the race to find a challenger to Republican Prez Trump in the November 3 election.
Ohio also was scheduled to hold a primary Tuesday; however, Governor Mike DeWine said public health issues made in-person voting too dangerous and postponed it until June 2. A county judge blocked his first bid to delay the vote, but the state health director ordered the polls shut as a health emergency.
Officers in the three other states promised to press ahead with voting and assured the public it was safe regardless of fears about the pandemic, which has dramatically changed American life, disrupted campaign schedules and prompted other states to postpone voting.
On Monday, the White House issued guidelines to avert gatherings of more than 10 people and close bars and restaurants. Schools, companies, sporting events and concerts have been shut down across the nation, raising questions about the wisdom of voting during a global pandemic.
There were over 4,300 cases of the respiratory virus across the U.S. and 80 deaths as of Monday night.