2020 presidential primary

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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Saturday moving the presidential primary from April 28th to June 23rd, in the wake of health concerns from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The move aligns the voting for presidential nominees to the same date voters would be choosing congressional and legislature nominees in the various parties.

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Onondaga County’s board of elections is among a growing movement across the state to postpone next month’s Presidential Primary until the June Congressional Primary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Election Commissioner’s Association, State Attorney General, Common Cause, and others are pushing for the delay. 


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Two Central New York political science professors say the Democratic primary is now a two-candidate race following the results from Super Tuesday.  Shana Gadarian from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and Jonathan Parent from LeMoyne College spoke to Scott Willis in the studio as part of WAER’s 2020 Focus on Elections.  Biden enjoyed a surge of support, but Gadarian says it’s still early to declare an official frontrunner.