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March 17 Primary Election Results 2020: Live Updates

Intelligencer logo Intelligencer 3/18/2020 Matt Stieb
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In the face of a pandemic, the democratic process goes on — at least in three of the fours states scheduled to hold primaries on Tuesday. With Ohio out due to concerns over voters spreading the coronavirus, Illinois, Florida, and Arizona held to their original schedule, with polls closing at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m., respectively. With Joe Biden up nationally — and already projected to win in Florida and Illinois — the night could be a decisive victory for the former vice-president. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, hopes to keep the margin of the loss low in the three states — where Biden enjoys substantial leads according to forecasting. Below is everything you need to know about the coronavirus primary, as it comes in.

Joe Biden is projected to win Florida and Illinois

Unsurprisingly, the turnout is low

In the Chicago area, a substantial number of voters remained home: The turnout by mid-day was less than half that of the 2016 primary at the same time. Mail-in voter requests, however, were way up: The Windy city broke a WWII-era record on Sunday for mail-in applications, with 118,000 voters requesting ballots allowing them to stay home. Arizonans, too, are relying on mail-in ballots — to an extent that turnout could actually increase.

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