Washington, 3 April 2020 (dpa/MIA) — The Democratic Party is postponing its national convention to August due to the coronavirus pandemic, delaying the nomination of the center-left’s candidate to compete against President Donald Trump in November.
The Democratic gathering was initially set for July. It will still take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“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,” said Joe Solmonese, chief of the Democratic National Convention Committee.
The party’s convention is now set for just a week before the Republican convention, which is sure to renominate Trump for a second and final run for the White House.
A number of primaries across the country have been delayed because of the coronavirus.
Former vice president Joe Biden has the lead in the delegate count and polling shows him ahead of left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, who remains in the race.