Update: Wisconsin Primary

Today, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order to delay the upcoming Tuesday primary until June 9, citing health risks due to Coronavirus.

The move is expected to be challenged in court by Wisconsin State Republicans.*

Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency Thursday March 12, 2020 in response to a growing number of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Wisconsin. The announcement was made at the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs in the State Emergency Operations Center in Madison. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

*Well, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled the Governor’s Executive Order and the Wisconsin Primary will be held, as normal, today. The state is under a state-wide Shelter-in-Place order, leading to what will most likely be a very small turnout and a large Mail-In vote. Mail in ballots must be dated April 7th to count. “Tomorrow in Wisconsin, thousands will wake up and have to choose between exercising their right to vote and staying healthy and safe,” Evers said in a statement lambasting the GOP-led legislature and Supreme Court. “In this time of historic crisis, it is a shame that two branches of government in this state chose to pass the buck instead of taking responsibility for the health and safety of the people we were elected to serve.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a lead in Wisconsin polls, but turnout will be the key contributor. If Biden wins tonight (or over the next few days as votes are counted) the chatter for Senator Bernie Sanders to drop out will become screams.

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