WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contenders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were left to reassess how to campaign in the face of a spreading U.S. coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, after the former vice president nearly swept a big day of nominating contests.
The two candidates canceled election night rallies on Tuesday, citing recommendations from public health officials to avoid assembling large indoor crowds.
Biden’s campaign also canceled a Thursday get-out-the-vote event in Florida, which with Arizona, Illinois and Ohio will hold primary contests next week to nominate a Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in November.
Biden, the Democratic front-runner, said he would instead deliver on Thursday an address on the U.S. coronavirus response in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
“This is a matter, this whole coronavirus – is a matter of presidential leadership,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday night…