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Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced via Twitter Monday night the state's top health official would order the polls to be closed, hours before voters were due to cast ballots in the presidential primary.

Why it matters: An Ohio judge rejected earlier Monday a request supported by DeWine to postpone in-person voting for Tuesday's state presidential primaries until June 2 over the coronavirus outbreak, per local media.

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The ruling: Cleveland.com reports that Franklin County Judge Richard Frye said in denying the request, "There are too many factors to balance in this unchartered territory to say that we ought to take this away from the legislature and elected statewide officials, and throw it to a common pleas court judge in Columbus 12 hours before the election."

What he's saying: DeWine said noted before the judge's decision it's impossible to conform to the CDC's guidelines limiting gatherings of more than 50 people. But Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye said the notice of 12 hours out from polls opening was too late, per Cleveland.com

  • DeWine said he did not have the unilateral power as governor to delay an election unless the state is "invaded," so his government would support a lawsuit filed by at-risk voters in order to make postponement possible. But voters would still be able to request absentee ballots.
  • "We cannot tell people to stay inside, but also tell them to go out and vote," DeWine said. "I'm making this recommendation because we must also look out for our poll workers. I believe when we look back on this, we'll be happy we did this. The votes that have already been cast will still be counted — and this recommendation would allow others to vote in the future."

The big picture: Louisiana was the first state to postpone its primary due to the coronavirus (April 4 to June 20), followed by Georgia (March 24 to May 19). Arizona, Florida and Illinois have said that their primaries on Tuesday will go on as scheduled.

Between the lines: DeWine has consistently been one of the leading voices among governors sounding the alarm over the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak. He was the first governor in the country to order the closure of schools, bars and restaurants.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the judge's ruling.

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The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.

Fed: Rate hikes are near

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve is on track to raise its main target interest rate in mid-March, as Chair Jerome Powell pledged to be "humble and nimble" in adapting policy to a fast-changing economy.

Why it matters: Fed leaders are looking to choke off inflation by raising interest rates in the near future, but keeping its options open for how fast and far the effort will go.

How long it’s taken to confirm Supreme Court justices

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Data: Axios research, U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Historical Society; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

It takes a U.S. president an average of 70 days from the date a Supreme Court seat is vacated to nominate a replacement, according to data from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Why it matters: With news outlets reporting liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Democrats will be looking to confirm President Biden's nominee with enough time to refocus the national political debate ahead of the midterms.

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