"I Voted" stickers at a polling station in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 3. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Super Tuesday voters in Alabama and Massachusetts want a "practical, centrist" candidate to win the Democratic nomination, per preliminary results from AP VoteCast conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Driving the news: Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the Virginia and North Carolina Democratic primaries. Biden won the endorsement of two of the more prominent moderates in the 2020 race — Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Catch up quick: Alabama's Democratic primary voters — the majority of whom are African American — are showing a "slight preference for a candidate who will pursue practical, centrist policies," per VoteCast.

  • A majority of Massachusetts voters, who labeled health care and climate change as top issues facing the U.S., also prefer a "practical, centrist" candidate.
  • A third of voters in battleground state Virginia identified health care as the country's most pressing issue. A third of the state's voters said they supported a public option for health insurance instead of Medicare for All, while half said they "favored both proposals," per VoteCast.
  • Roughly 9 in 10 North Carolina voters want a nominee who can beat Trump in November. Of those voters, 2 in 10 also say their decision in November will depend on who is chosen as the Democratic nominee.
  • About 20% of voters across all four states say their vote in November depends on who wins the Democratic nomination — which means they may be open to voting for President Trump or not voting, VoteCast said.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 12,859,834 — Total deaths: 567,123 — Total recoveries — 7,062,085Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 3,297,501— Total deaths: 135,155 — Total recoveries: 1,006,326 — Total tested: 40,282,176Map.
  3. States: Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 15,000 — NYC reports zero coronavirus deaths for first time since pandemic hit.
  4. Public health: Ex-FDA chief projects "apex" of South's coronavirus curve in 2-3 weeks — Coronavirus testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table"
  5. Education: Betsy DeVos says schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds — Pelosi accuses Trump of "messing with the health of our children."

Scoop: How the White House is trying to trap leakers

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President Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has told several White House staffers he's fed specific nuggets of information to suspected leakers to see if they pass them on to reporters — a trap that would confirm his suspicions. "Meadows told me he was doing that," said one former White House official. "I don't know if it ever worked."

Why it matters: This hunt for leakers has put some White House staffers on edge, with multiple officials telling Axios that Meadows has been unusually vocal about his tactics. So far, he's caught only one person, for a minor leak.

11 GOP congressional nominees support QAnon conspiracy

Lauren Boebert posing in her restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, on April 24. Photo: Emily Kask/AFP

At least 11 Republican congressional nominees have publicly supported or defended the QAnon conspiracy theory movement or some of its tenets — and more aligned with the movement may still find a way onto ballots this year.

Why it matters: Their progress shows how a fringe online forum built on unsubstantiated claims and flagged as a threat by the FBI is seeking a foothold in the U.S. political mainstream.