Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin, Wisconsin discussed on Morning Edition

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Steve Inskeep and I'm Rachel Martin good morning maybe you saw those pictures last week of all the voters in Wisconsin standing in long lines attempting to social distance while casting their ballots in the state's primary well today we have got the results as expected Joe Biden won in the democratic presidential primary but there were some down ballot surprises my Jaan silver of member station W. W. M. joins us now to talk about them high man hi good morning good morning so the biggest upset of the night actually came in a state Supreme Court race what happened there yes the liberal backed candidate Jill Karofsky beat the trump endorsed incumbent Daniel Kelly she held a socially distant victory party it was just Karofsky in her two kids and she thank her team and supporters but she also had a copy at look we should never had election on Tuesday and for many many people they had to decide between whether or not they were going to risk their own health or the health of people they love or their lives or the lives of people that they loved in order to vote it wasn't on tenable decision the GOP controlled legislature and the conservative majority in the state Supreme Court had fought hard to hold the election date in place despite calls to postpone or change to all male and so this was a big defeat for them a lot of Democrats had said they were worried that holding an election under the circumstances a mode amounted to voter suppression of looking at the results is there any evidence of that Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez had called this election voter suppression on steroids and in larger cities voters reported waits an average of one to two hours up to four hours some voters just couldn't wait that long or didn't want to brave the polls and risk their health nearly ten thousand voters requested mail in ballots on time and didn't get them and there were post office problems and postmark problems so there were voters who were disenfranchised and will never know just what turned out would have been if it hadn't been for coronavirus but all in all one point one million mail in ballots were requested and returned that makes the total vote count right in line or even higher than previous state Supreme Court races and also on par with other presidential primaries so Wisconsin made this huge transition from being a state where a majority of voters cast ballots in person on election day to a majority mailing in their ballots so just briefly is that what's going to happen in the fall well so based on Republicans opposition to proposals for all mail in election this time around it's possible we could get a replay of the long lines and and few polling places but it's possible that their opinions could change after this election seeing that mailing turned out very high among both Republicans and Democrats so it's not just something Democrats do it also depends on where we are with corona virus right exactly my own silver of W. you W. M. in Milwaukee we appreciate it thank you thank you so much the Wisconsin when it is not a good for Joe Biden but even more significant news for his campaign yesterday getting the endorsement of one Bernie Sanders today I am asking all Americans I'm asking every Democrat I'm asking every independent I'm asking a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy now try in dos to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe from speaking just for myself now what is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country but Biden has been struggling to hold on to attention and reach voters amid the corona virus pandemic Karen Finney as a democratic strategist she was senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton's two thousand sixteen campaign and he is on the line with us now to talk about what is really become an unprecedented campaign Karen hi hi good morning well could this thing get anymore historic so what did you make of Sanders endorsement I mean how does it compare specifically to when he endorsed Hillary Clinton in two thousand sixteen well it was very strong and I'll tell you one of the most important things and I give us senator Sanders a lot of credit for this he ran a tremendous race and he gave us a really full throated endorsement of Joe Biden and recognizing the gap in the number of delegates then that he couldn't really make that up he stepped forward early and doing it long but you know before we are at convention because as you may recall in twenty sixteen there were some calm I know right into the convention it was Maranda sticky right and this is a nice way to put it well not good it was it was not good however what it means now is that the full Democratic Party enter progressive allies can be focused a hundred percent on how to defeat Donald Trump but also as you know if you're just talking about with Wisconsin we know that voting in November we have to prepare for that as well that's definitely a real issue top of mind are Bernie Sanders supporters going to show up for Joe Biden do you think what kind of concessions might bite and have to make well I think you know certainly when it comes to it's it's complicated right because I think certainly when it comes to thinking about where the economy is going to be in the kind of recovery were going to be needing to be thinking about obviously vice president Biden has been through that when he and president Obama took office in two thousand nine so he has some ideas I'm sure senator Sanders as we know has some very specific ideas and I think you've seen vice president Biden start to move towards some of those ideas I know Medicare for all is one that senator Sanders is going to keep pushing I don't see bite in doing that I would say I think he will stick to our expanding obamacare which you know again in the middle of this covert crisis a lot of these ideas I think now seem much more reasonable to people who are doubting these ideas sometime ago because it's laying bare are some of these do you know just huge fissures in our economy and our health care system so I could see those being the two key areas where they'll have conversation just briefly in seconds remaining you're a strategist how do you advise Joe Biden in this moment when he can't go have rallies he can't go get it you know lock eyes with a voter put his hands on their shoulders as he doesn't communicate his message he's got to be offered to all yeah you know what by being virtual though I mean tech just be the contrast to the kind of note down that sort of daily unhinged meltdown we see coming out of the White House that doesn't make many people it doesn't make us feel more confident or comfortable or trustworthy be the guy who just show up on me the guy who shows com and has a plan and shows okay all democratic strategist Karen Finney thing scared we.

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