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DNC Presidential Convention Postponed Until August 17

The delay follows Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s call for the convention to be rescheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday the postponement of its four-day presidential convention in Milwaukee until August 17. The convention was originally scheduled for July 13.

"In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention," DNC CEO Joe Solmonese said in a statement described by NBC News. "During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders."

The delay follows Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s call on Wednesday night for the convention to be rescheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early July,” Biden told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” “I think it’s going to have to move into August.”

Former Vice President Biden also expressed doubt about the convention’s  originally scheduled date in an April 1 MSNBC interview.
 
"It's hard to envision that," he said. "Again, we should listen to the scientists."

In the interview, Biden also said the convention was scheduled earlier than usual this year to accommodate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have since been postponed.

As more states introduce stay-at-home restrictions across the country, 15 states have so far postponed their primaries, according to the New York Times.