Virtual campaigning becomes the norm amid coronavirus spread


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 13: Vice President Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event on March 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The scheduled in-person Illinois campaign event was changed to a virtual event because of fears of COVID-19. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The coronavirus has disrupted American life, and the 2020 presidential campaign is no exception.

Amid calls for social distancing to stop the pandemic’s spread, Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, as well as Republican President Donald Trump, have had little choice but to call off large-scale public events in favor of politicking online and over the airwaves.

They’re being replaced with tools of the digital word: tele-town halls, virtual fundraisers and livestreamed speeches.

The abrupt shift has infused the contest with an added degree of uncertainty.

With control of the White House at stake, candidates have been forced to ditch well-honed strategies in favor of untested tactics.

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