People vote in the Michigan primary election at Chrysler Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, on March 10, 2020.
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Georgia will delay its presidential primary scheduled for next week over concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Democratic Committee confirmed to CNBC.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday said he was declaring a public health state of emergency in response to a growing number of coronavirus cases. He also encouraged faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider canceling public events and services
The state will now hold its presidential primary on May 19 instead of March 24.
Georgia’s decision follows a similar move by Louisiana, which announced Friday it will push back its presidential nominating contests planned for April 4 to June 20.
A spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office in Georgia told CNBC Friday when asked whether it would push the primary back, the state shares “a…