New York Governor Postpones Presidential Primary To June 23

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday he will postpone the New York presidential primary originally scheduled for April 28 due to the coronavirus threat.

From the New York Times:

“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote, a lot of people touching one doorknob, a lot of people touching one pen,” Mr. Cuomo said in a news conference. “So we are going to delay that and link it to an election that was previously scheduled on June 23.”

A primary for state legislative and congressional races had already been set for June 23, and now all of the state’s primary elections will be held on the same date, he said.

Ten other states, as well as Puerto Rico, have rescheduled their primary elections as the campaign calendar has been upended by the outbreak, citing guidance from health officials who have urged people to avoid gathering spots, including polling places.

A handful of other states have switched to voting entirely by mail and have extended deadlines for doing so.

Final NH Poll Shows Sanders Leading Buttigieg 7+

L-R Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

CNN’s final tracking poll for the upcoming New Hampshire Democratic primary tomorrow shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holding steady with a solid lead.

Conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, the results show Sanders with 29 percent support, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 22 percent support, former Vice President Joe Biden ranks a fairly distant 3rd place with 11 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with 10 percent.

Those results mirror the RealClearPolitics average of polls showing Sanders with 29 percent and Mayor Pete at 22 percent with the rest of the pack fairly far behind.

It’s worth noting that in 2016, Sanders beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary by nearly 22 points. I’m not thinking Sanders win this time will be quite so large.

While nearly half say they haven’t fully made up their minds, when asked who voters in New Hampshire believe will win the primary, 59 percent said Sanders versus only 10 percent naming Buttigieg.

Hillary Clinton Is Within Striking Distance Of Democratic Nomination

Heading into today’s Democratic primary in Puerto Rico, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is within 57 delegates of clinching the presidential nomination.

There are 67 delegates up for grabs today, and then six states get their chance on Tuesday including California and New Jersey.

Last night, Clinton won the Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses. With 7 pledged delegates coming from the Virgin Islands, Clinton received 1,308 votes to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 190.

Kentucky Democratic Primary Results Confirm Hillary Clinton As Winner

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton

A “recanvass” of the Kentucky Democratic primary results shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did, indeed, win the state’s contest according to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

From Politico:

“The unofficial winner of Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary remains Hillary Clinton,” Grimes said at a press conference on Thursday. “The recanvass vote totals which were submitted to my office today will become the official vote totals. The Kentucky Board of Elections will certify on May 31st.”

The recanvass was a review of voting machines and absentee ballots in all 120 of the state’s counties.

In a statement, the Vermont senator said he accepted the results.

“We accept the results in Kentucky. We are very pleased that we split the delegates in a state with a closed primary in which independents cannot vote and where Secretary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by 35 points in 2008,” Sanders said in a statement

NY Primary – Polls Show Clinton & Trump With Strong Leads

The latest Emerson poll  shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a 15 point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders in tomorrow’s Democratic New York state primary (55% – 4-%).

Real Clear Politics poll averages show Clinton with an average 12 point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump leads his rivals with 55% of those polled, versus Gov. John Kasich at 21% and Sen. Ted Cruz at 18%.

Real Clear Politics shows similar poll averages of 53% / 22% / 18% respectively.

We’ll see how this goes by tomorrow night.