Trump visits Honeywell factory in Phoenix

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May 6, 2020: Donald Trump visited Phoenix, Arizona, where he toured a Honeywell factory that is making N95 respirator masks. The Human Rights Campaign will endorse Joe Biden today, on the eighth anniversary of his support for same-sex marriage.

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:

  • New York: Judge Analisa Torres of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the New York State Board of Elections to reinstate New York’s June 23 Democratic presidential preference primary, which state officials had canceled on April 27. Torres wrote that the “removal of presidential candidates from the primary ballot not only deprived those candidates of the chance to garner votes for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but also deprived their pledged delegates of the opportunity to run for a position where they could influence the party platform, vote on party governance issues, pressure the eventual nominee on matters of personnel or policy, and react to unexpected developments at the Convention.” The primary was originally scheduled for April 28 but was postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic before it was canceled.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Democrats have been split since 2016 over whether energizing black voters or winning over some white working-class voters in the industrial Midwest represents the best shot for the party in November. Hillary Clinton’s defeat four years ago was narrow enough that either option could explain it, giving Democrats little certainty as they try to wrestle the presidency from Trump.

Biden is believed to be considering as many as a dozen candidates, but much of the focus has centered on a handful of his former primary rivals, each of whom would fulfill different aims for the party: Warren, a liberal icon; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a Midwestern moderate; and Harris, who would be the first black female nominee. …

Public polling offers little guidance. A new CBS News-YouGov poll found Warren to be the top pick among registered Democrats, at 36 percent to 19 percent for Harris. But asked whether a liberal or a moderate running mate would make victory over Trump easier, 31 percent said a liberal would make Biden’s election easier; 42 percent felt that way about a moderate nominee.”

– Matt Viser, Annie Linskey, and Vanessa Williams, The Washington Post

Election Updates

  • The Human Rights Campaign announced that it would endorse Joe Biden on Wednesday, the eighth anniversary of Biden’s announcement that he was in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

  • Donald Trump visited Phoenix, Arizona, where he toured a Honeywell factory that is making N95 respirator masks. He said in a speech at the factory, “Thanks to the profound commitment of our citizens we’ve flattened the curve. … We’re reopening our country, and it’s going to be something special.”

Flashback: May 6, 2016

1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole and former Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed Trump. Dole stated, “The voters of our country have turned out in record numbers to support Mr. Trump. It is important that their votes be honored and it is time that we support the party’s presumptive nominee.”blank

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