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Louisiana finally will hold an election Saturday that has been postponed twice because of COVID-19 related health concerns.
Election day arrives as the state’s coronavirus case load is spiking again after being flattened considerably in May and June. More than 2,600 new cases were reported Friday, one of the biggest single-day increases since the pandemic began.
The ballot includes a presidential preference primary, a rare instance of a party-specific primary in Louisiana where most primaries are open to all parties. Though President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are assured of winning the Republican and Democratic nominations respectively, both parties see the vote as important in showing the enthusiasm on their side.
“Yes, we all know who is going to win the Republican presidential primary in Louisiana, but it’s important that all voters registered as Republicans get out and vote to show our support for our President,” state GOP Chairman Louis Gurvich said in an email to party members. “The press takes notice of such things, and a poor turnout will make the news!”
State Democrats crowed about “record-breaking” turnout during the early voting period. More than 103,000 Louisiana Democrats voted early, compared to 53,019 in 2016 and 20,896 in 2012, the party says.
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