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Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden won Ohio's Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Biden is the lone Democrat left running for president. But his former competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders has encouraged his supporters to continue voting for him in presidential primaries to help gain leverage over the party's platform at the Democratic National Convention.

Between the lines: Ohio's election is the first real test for full mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state canceled in-person voting in March and instead moved to extend the vote-by-mail deadline until Tuesday.

  • Governments are currently having to grapple with how to safely hold elections in November, with the likelihood that some social distancing restrictions will remain in place for months.
  • Per AP, the state saw about 1.5 million votes by midday Saturday, compared to 3.2 million cast in the state's 2016 presidential primary.

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Iowa governor signs order restoring voting rights to some felons

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed Wednesday an executive order restoring voting rights to some Iowans with felony records, the Des Moines Register reports.

Why it matters: It had been the last state in the country to bar all felons from voting, unless they applied for a special exception from the governor's office.

Exclusive: Trump campaign seeks early September presidential debate

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The Trump campaign is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting.

Driving the news: President Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, made the request in a letter dated Wednesday and obtained by Axios.

Commission rejects Trump campaign request for 4th debate

President Trump in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday denied the Trump campaign's request to add a fourth debate in the first week of September or move up one of the existing debates in order to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting.

The bottom line: Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Oct. 15 in Miami, and Oct. 22 in Nashville. "If the candidates were to agree that they wished to add to that schedule, the Commission would consider that request," the organization wrote in a statement.

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