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Perez promises as 'robust a convention as possible' for DNC

Apr. 3, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee will be as robust as possible, despite a five-week delay due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, party chairman Tom Perez said on Friday. During an interview with The Associated Press, Perez wouldn't say what specific changes might...

FILE - In this July 26, 2016, file photo the stage is reflected on a glass window on the suite level at Wells Fargo Arena as Timmy Kelly sings the national anthem before the start of the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Democrats and Republicans to take a close look at whether they'll be able to move forward as planned this summer with conventions that typically kick off the general election season. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

Apr. 2, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House. The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give them more time to rally behind a nominee and...

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Primary purgatory with no 12th Democratic debate on horizon

Mar. 25, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — There is no 12th Democratic presidential debate on the horizon now that the nominating process is in a holding pattern because of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the Democratic National Committee's lead debate organizers, Xochitl Hinojosa, said the party has not set a date or secured a...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

2020 Watch: Can President Donald Trump reclaim control?

Mar. 23, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has grounded the 2020 presidential race — but not ended it. What we're watching heading into a new week of what we used to call the campaign trail: ___ Days to next set of primaries (if Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming don’t reschedule): 12 Days to general...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo early voters cast their ballots at the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee, Wis. U.S. elections have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays are possible as health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain the virus might be in place for weeks, if not months. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Election limbo as coronavirus outbreak upends US primaries

Mar. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. elections have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays are possible as health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain the virus might be in place for weeks, if not months. The states that have yet to...

Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks to supporters as he announces the suspension of his campaign and his endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for president in New York Wednesday , March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Bloomberg to give $18M to DNC; state parties to get offices

Mar. 21, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg is transferring $18 million from his presidential campaign to the Democratic National Committee in the largest single such transfer ever. It's the latest sign of the billionaire businessman’s continued involvement in the race since ending his own campaign this month...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice holds a Monday March 16, 2020 press conference at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, WV. The governor gave an update of how the state government is dealing with COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the new coronavirus. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

West Virginia expands vote-by-mail, confirms 2nd virus case

Mar. 18, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia election officials on Wednesday said they are expanding vote-by-mail options to increase primary election turnout in response to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of State Mac Warner said his office will “ramp up” the state's absentee...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after the Senate passed a second coronavirus response bill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sanders faces tough decisions as path to nomination narrows

Mar. 18, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders isn't leaving the presidential race. Instead, the Vermont senator and democratic socialist is back in a familiar place: on the outside looking in. After being routed in Democratic primary contests for the third consecutive week by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders...

A voter drops off a ballot for the Arizona Democratic presidential preference election Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Switching remaining primaries to vote-by-mail not so easy

Mar. 18, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

Voting rights groups and the head of the Democratic National Committee want the states with remaining primary elections to offer voting by mail as a way to ensure that voters can safely cast their ballots amid the coronavirus outbreak. A quick and easy fix? Not always. For states that don’t already have...

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld speaks during the Higher Education Forum – College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the University of New Hampshire in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Weld ends Republican primary challenge to Trump

Mar. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential primaries (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is ending his primary challenge to President Donald Trump. Weld said in a statement Wednesday that he was suspending his 2020 Republican presidential bid. It came hours...