Democratic Party delays U.S. presidential convention until August over coronavirus crisis

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The DNC will now take place the week of 17 August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - a Midwestern state that has never hosted a national convention before and is expected to be a key battleground in the general election.

Democratic super PAC Unite the Country released a new ad this week critical of Trump's coronavirus response and Priorities USA Action released two television ads last Monday - one on coronavirus and one aimed at contrasting Trump with former Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading the Democratic primary race.

The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits surged to more than 6.6 million, breaking a record high for the second week in a row, according to the weekly jobless claims report from the Labor Department published on Thursday. This time it's the Democratic National Convention.

The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give them more time to rally behind a nominee and unify against President Donald Trump.

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Republicans are expressing confidence they can pull off their convention as scheduled, but party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel still allows for the possibility that the pandemic could upend GOP plans.

Biden, who was vice president under President Barack Obama, now leads the Democratic nominating contest against his rival, Bernie Sanders, a US senator from Vermont.

"I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July or early July".

The coronavirus pandemic has forced numerous states to delay their Democratic presidential primaries. And the Republican convention, which will take place a week later, seems hardly set in stone now, despite Donald Trump's assurances. His challenge is even greater now.

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And this is just the beginning.

'But the fact is that it may have to be different, ' Biden said, pointing to the unique problems presented in holding a large gathering on the heels of a global pandemic. And we're able to do both.

"The convention planning team will now use the coming weeks to further explore all options to ensure nominating the next president of the United States is done without unnecessary risk to public health", the statement reads.

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