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Trump, Biden Win Connecticut in Final Presidential Primaries of 2020

Connecticut voters on Aug. 11 rubber-stamped President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the states primary, which marked the final contest of the 2020 election season.

Biden won the state primary, securing about 84 percent of the vote with 23 percent of precincts reporting, in contrast to 12 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Trump, meanwhile, won the GOP primary with more than 86 of the vote based on initial results, the Associated Press reported.

State officials had anticipated a large number of absentee ballots and a drop in voter numbers for the Connecticut contest due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. Before Tuesdays primary elections, it had been twice delayed because of the pandemic.

Chairman J.R. Romano of Connecticuts Republican party told the Epoch Times in April that Connecticut has complicated absentee ballot rules and no efficient mail-in ballot system to ensure voters can cast their vote in the elections.

“Its a difficult process, with many steps for a voter to get an absentee ballot and as far as on-line ballot that can be downloaded—not everyone has access to printers.”

He continued, “Without a doubt, there will be a massive drop in numbers of voters because our state does not have a no-excuse ballot option.”

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File photo of a voting booth in Lincoln, Neb., on April 14, 2020. (Nati Harnik/AP Photo)

There were about 300,000 requests for absentee ballots for Connecticuts primary, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who said the number is about 10 times the highest number absentee ballot requests for any election in the state.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on Monday signed an executive order giving election officials until Thursday to count absentee ballots, guaranteed that they are postmarked by Tuesday.

News that Biden won the state primary came just hours he announced he is selecting Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his vice presidential pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that Ive picked [Harris]—a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the countrys finest public servants—as my running mate,” he wrote in an announcement on Tuesday.

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“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” his deceased son, Biden added. “I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and Im proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”Read More From Source

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