The Election Doesn’t Stop Because of A Pandemic: Here’s What You Need to Know.


Maroon Staff

The current political situation is setting the stage for a very important presidential election in November.

Jack Margolin

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, politics have remained on everyone’s mind. With the election upcoming in November, here’s an update on how things have unfolded over the past few weeks.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race on April 8th, conceding to Vice President Joe Biden and endorsing him shortly after. Sanders had momentum at the beginning of the race, but after Super Tuesday it was hard to see a clear path to victory for his campaign. Even though social distancing is key at this time, the Wisconsin Democratic primary was still held with people standing six feet apart wearing masks. Sanders may have recognized his low probability of victory and saw how keeping the primaries on only made the virus situation worse. He dropped out one day after the primary, which Biden ultimately won.

With Sanders dropping out, Biden is all but guaranteed to represent the Democrats in November. That being said, he will need to pick a Vice President in the coming weeks. He has promised that his V.P. will be a woman, so here are five potential candidates (note: they are in no specific order).

  • Amy Klobuchar – a senator from Minnesota. Klobuchar was a Democratic candidate in the 2020 election, but she dropped out and endorsed Biden after disappointing results. When Biden promised a woman running mate, many looked to Klobuchar as the top choice. Her dropping out ahead of Super Tuesday helped Biden clinch Minnesota, so it is easy to see why he would want to have her on the ticket.
  • Kamala Harris – a senator from California. Harris is an intriguing option to be the V.P. choice. While she did endorse Biden, she also challenged his views on racial tension during the Democratic debates. It is still entirely possible that she will be on the ticket come November, as she praised him heavily during her endorsement.
  • Gretchen Whitmer – governor from Michigan. Whitmer has one thing Klobuchar and Harris do not: support in a key swing state. Being the governor of Michigan, a state the Democrats lost in 2016, should entice Biden. President Trump has feuded with Whitmer during the coronavirus pandemic, so if the people of Michigan are frustrated with Trump’s handling of the virus, having Whitmer on the ticket may lean them towards Biden.
  • Elizabeth Warren – a senator from Massachusetts. Picking Warren to be Biden’s VP would be a controversial move, to say the least. If Biden wants to entice progressives, he could pick Warren. Trump made note that if Warren dropped out ahead of Super Tuesday, Bernie Sanders may have had more success, which led people to question whether she didn’t want to upset Biden in hopes of becoming V.P. Biden agreed with Warren’s plan on student debt during bankruptcy, which may signal a compromise between moderates and progressives. Some, however, feel Warren is better suited with a place on Biden’s cabinet should he win. Warren endorsed Biden after Sanders dropped out.
  • Stacey Abrams – a former member of Georgia House of Representatives. Abrams almost became the first African-American woman governor in 2018, losing by just under two points. Her main goal as a politician is to make sure voters of color have voting rights, something Biden has advocated for as well. Abrams has said she would be honored to be Biden’s V.P.

We are quickly approaching the 2020 election and it will be here sooner than we think. We should know soon who will be alongside Joe Biden when he takes on Donald Trump and Mike Pence in November.