Democratic Primary Campaigns In Full Swing Despite Coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020

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Despite coronavirus-related shutdowns across Illinois, primary campaigns remain in full swing. 

The Illinois Primary election takes place Tuesday.  Campaigners for democratic presidential frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders say they’re still optimistic about turnout. Retired Senator John Kerry is a Biden campaign surrogate and praised Sunday night’s debate performance.

“Joe really came out sounding like a president -- sounding like a guy who really had a plan for coronavirus as well as for other things. I think the key is just to stay steady and keep going straight ahead and not take anything for granted,” Kerry said. 

Ari Rabin-Havt is Deputy Campaign Manager for Bernie Sanders.  He emphasized the importance of science and expertise, both in Sanders’ platform and on public health.

“People and government officials should talk to public health experts in their state, speak to the CDC, and issue the guidance necessary for people to vote and not get sick," he said. 

Tulsi Gabbard will also appear on the Democratic primary ballot. In-person voting is still scheduled to take place as normal throughout the state.