Bernie Sanders cancels election night rally in Ohio over coronavirus concerns
- Concerns over coronavirus led Sen. Bernie Sanders to cancel an election night rally on Tuesday. The rally was set to be held in Cleveland, Ohio.
- "Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight's rally in Cleveland," Sanders' campaign said in a statement.
- The Vermont senator's campaign said all future events will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday announced he's canceling an election night rally in Cleveland, Ohio, over concerns "for public health and safety" related to coronavirus.
Sanders appears to be the first major 2020 candidate to cancel a rally over coronavirus.
"Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight's rally in Cleveland. We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials," Mike Casca, communications director for Sanders' 2020 campaign, said in a statement.
"All future Bernie 2020 events will be evaluated on a case by case basis," Casca added.
The Ohio Democratic primary is on March 17, but several crucial contests are taking place on Tuesday, including in the neighboring state of Michigan.
This announcement came several days after President Donald Trump said he had no plans to cancel rallies due to the novel coronavirus, though his campaign currently has none on the schedule.
A campaign source said that Joe Biden's campaign was also canceling a rally in Cleveland on Tuesday, according to The Daily Beast's Scott Bixby.
This article will continue to be updated.
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