Alaska Democrats see spike in ballots in the 2020 vote-by-mail primary


Alaska Democratic Party officials announced that the number of ballots received Friday, the cutoff for the state’s vote-by-mail primary, was nearly double the number of votes cast by caucus-goers in 2016.

Jeanne Devon, communications director for the Alaska Democratic Party, said Saturday that that over 19,813 ballots were cast in the mail-in primary, CBS News reported. In the 2016 caucuses, 10,610 Alaska Democrats participated.

Results for the primary are expected around 9 p.m. EST, according to the outlet. 

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) won the Alaska primary in 2016 against former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE is the presumptive nominee for the party this year, after Sanders dropped out of the race earlier this week. 

Biden, Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) all appeared on the state’s ballots, according to CBS News.

The Alaska Democratic Party canceled its in-person primary last month originally scheduled for April 4 over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for all ballots was extended to April 10 for voters throughout the state.

The Alaska Republican Party canceled its primary in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE last year, saying that it “would serve no useful purpose.” Alaska was joined by Republican parties in Nevada and South Carolina, among others.

Sanders suspended his presidential bid Wednesday, saying in a live-streamed address to supporters that “I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path to victory is virtually impossible.”


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