How Coronavirus is Impacting the 2020 Election

Headline Roundup March 25th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is significantly impacting the 2020 presidential election, pushing back primary election dates and shifting campaign priorities for candidates. Former Vice President Joe Biden (DE) has been addressing the public with coronavirus updates through videocasts, at times criticizing President Donald Trump for his purported shortcomings in managing the virus; Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has continued campaigning, sometimes forgoing Senate votes on stimulus packages to hold campaign events.

Many right-rated outlets have focused on efforts of the Democratic 'establishment' to change voting rules as part of coronavirus relief legislation. For more updates and information, follow along with the AllSides 2020 Elections Live Blog.

From the Left

Think of it as Super Postponed Day.

June 2 had been an afterthought on the Democratic primary calendar. Ever since Joseph R. Biden Jr. seized the mantle of front-runner, voters in New Jersey and a few other states scheduled to vote that day assumed the Democratic horse race would be over before their primaries rolled around.

But with numerous states pushing back voting to June 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the date has gained sudden prominence. It now confers a huge bounty of delegates, second only to Super Tuesday...

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From the Center

ATLANTA (AP) — There is no 12th Democratic presidential debate on the horizon now that the nominating process is in a holding pattern due to 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 television broadcasting partner for what would be the final encounter of the dozen that DNC Chairman Tom Perez promised at the campaign’s outset.

There’s no evidence that either Joe Biden, the prospective nominee, or Bernie Sanders, Biden’s last remaining rival,...

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From the Right

Joe Biden is the likely Democratic presidential nominee, but he’s not acting like it.

The former vice president has been noticeably absent from the national stage over the past few weeks, while Congress has worked out a coherent relief package to aid the economy. Democratic governors, such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have partnered with the Trump administration to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The few appearances Biden has made have not exactly inspired confidence in his ability to lead the nation. In what appeared to be an attempt to...

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