Sanders assessing campaign in coming weeks

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
March 19, 2020: Bernie Sanders is assessing the future of his presidential campaign. Bill Weld suspended his campaign on Wednesday. blank    blankblank   

Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the presidential primary updates you need to know:

  • Delaware: Delaware election officials said Wednesday that the state was planning to continue with its April 28 primary. “We’re continuing to monitor the situation at this point and plan to proceed as scheduled,” state Elections Commissioner Anthony Albence said.

Notable Quote of the Day

“With Biden running away with it now, this would have been a good time to define him right off the bat. But it won’t break through now, nor would it look good. This hiatus in many ways helps Biden.”

– Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush White House press secretary


  • Reps. Gerald Connolly (Va.), Raul Ruiz (Calif.), and Brad Sherman (Calif.) endorsed Joe Biden.

  • Kirkland & Ellis senior partner Jon Henes, the former national finance chair for Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, is forming a fundraising committee with other corporate restructuring attorneys to support Biden’s campaign.

  • Tulsi Gabbard hosted a telephone town hall for her constituents in Hawaii.

  • Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said on Wednesday, “The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign.”


  • The Wall Street Journal reported on Donald Trump’s changing re-election strategy following the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Lincoln Project, a group formed by anti-Trump Republicans, released an ad attacking Trump that compares him to a virus.

  • Bill Weld suspended his presidential campaign on Wednesday. He won one delegate from Iowa throughout the Republican primary process.

Flashback: March 19, 2016

Donald Trump held a rally outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

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