March 18, 2020: Joe Biden wins primaries in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois. Donald Trump crosses the delegate threshold to secure the Republican nomination. Maryland moves its primary from April 28 to June 2.
“The perspective here should be: How do we hold the election in November? Not whether. We had elections during World War II. We held elections during the Civil War. We’re going to hold an election this year. We’ve got to figure out how to do it and to do it in a way that gives us a result that conforms to the idea that it’s the ‘will of the people.’”
– Edward Foley, Ohio State University election law professor
March 17 primary results
Three states—Arizona, Florida, and Illinois—held primaries on Tuesday. Joe Biden won all three Democratic primaries and ended the night with at least 249 of the 441 pledged delegates available. Bernie Sanders is projected to receive at least 116 pledged delegates.
In the Republican primary, Donald Trump crossed the delegate threshold necessary to clinch the Republican nomination—1,276 delegates—with his primary win in Florida.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called on state election officials to implement no-excuse absentee voting and mail out ballots to all registered voters rather than postpone primaries. “The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and we must do everything we can to protect and expand that right instead of bringing our democratic process to a halt,” he said.
The Secret Service began providing protection to Joe Biden on Tuesday. His code name is Celtic, the same name used during his vice presidency.