Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention DeSantis pushing to host Republican National Convention in Florida Florida bars and theaters to reopen starting Friday, DeSantis says MORE (R) confirmed Friday that Florida would vote as scheduled in Tuesday’s presidential primaries amid continued concern over the coronavirus outbreak.
“We’re definitely voting. They voted during the Civil War. We’re going to vote,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Tallahassee, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
DeSantis’s remarks came the same day Louisiana announced it would postpone its April 4 presidential primary due to concerns over the coronavirus.
“We want to protect the health and safety of all Louisianans by doing our part to prevent the spread of this highly infectious disease,” Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R) said.
DeSantis told reporters on Friday that the results of the primaries in Florida are unlikely to change even if voter turnout is lower than expected.
Polls show that 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 has a huge lead over his Democratic presidential rival 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.) in the Sunshine State.
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 will also be on the ballot, though he is not facing serious competition in the GOP primary. The president has won by landslides in all of the GOP primaries so far this year.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, around 1.7 million Floridians had already voted through mail-in ballots or early voting as of Friday morning.
Under DeSantis’s direction, polling places located in assisted living facilities have been moved elsewhere.
Coronavirus has been shown to be significantly more deadly to older people and people with underlying health conditions.
Florida is one of four states voting Tuesday, along with Illinois, Arizona and Ohio.