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Virus Puts Primaries in Chaos as Governor Closes Ohio Polls

  • Ohio health director shuts down vote, citing health crisis
  • Kentucky officials postpone that state’s primary until June
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The already topsy-turvy Democratic presidential contest is being upended again by the coronavirus, as states weigh whether to delay balloting and prevent in-person voting.

Monday evening, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine invoked a health emergency to close the polls in the state’s primary on Tuesday, after a judge rejected his recommendation to postpone voting because of the coronavirus threat.