Mar 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump's sole Republican challenger Bill Weld suspends campaign

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has bowed out of the 2020 race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Weld was the first Republican to announce a primary bid against President Trump and the last one remaining in the race. Trump clinched the Republican nomination with victories in the Illinois and Florida primaries on Tuesday night.

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Ivanka Trump changes party registration: "I am a proud Trump Republican"

Ivanka Trump at the State Department. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump told the New York Times Monday that she has registered as a Republican for the first time in order to vote for her father Donald Trump in the New York primary.

Why it matters: Ivanka Trump's role in the White House has been seen by some as a bridge to moderates based on her more progressive views on climate change, gun control, pay equity and parental leave.

Bernie Sanders to "assess his campaign" after latest round of primary losses

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Bernie Sanders will move to "assess his campaign" after Joe Biden's sweep of the Florida, Illinois and Arizona primaries, his campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement Wednesday.

The big picture: Sanders trails Biden by almost 300 delegates, making it statistically improbable that he can catch up in the primary race, according to the New York Times.

America's incomplete coronavirus shutdown

Data: Axios reporting; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

If President Trump follows through on his statements that he wants to "open" the U.S. up again, an already patchwork shield of state "stay at home" orders could look like even more of a patchwork.

The big picture: As of Wednesday night, just 21 states have ordered people to stay at home, and most of those are states with Democratic governors. Only six — Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, West Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont — have Republican governors.

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