Close 2020 Democratic Primary Puts Illinois In Play


AND FOR ANSWERS TO YOUR CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS, HEAD TO CBSCHICAGO.COM/CORONAVIRUS. VIRTUALLY UP FOR GRABS. THAT’S WHERE IT STANDS RIGHT NOW FOR THE TOP TWO CANDIDATES VYING TO BECOME THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. HERE’S THE LATEST DELEGATE TRACKER. FORMER VP JOE BIDEN HAS 525 DELEGATES. VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS, 455. DANA KOZLOV SAYS THIS CLOSE RACE PUTS ILLINOIS IN PLAY. Reporter: IT NOW HAS A TITLE, JOE-MENTUM. LESS THAN 70 DELEGATES SEPARATE THE TWO. JOE IS A DECENT GUY AND I DO NOT WANT THIS CAMPAIGN TO DEGENERATE INTO A TRUMP TYPE ETHIC WHERE WE’RE ATTACKING EACH OTHER. Reporter: BUT THE TIGHT RACE MEANS UPCOMING DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES INCLUDING ILLINOIS’S ARE CRITICAL. IF I GO TO THE POLLS ON MARCH 17TH, WILL MY VOTE MATTER? ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY CRITICAL STRETCH THE REST OF THE MARCH PRIMARIES BECAUSE YOU DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DECIDE IT FOR JOE BIDEN OR KEEP BERNIE SANDERS IN IT. Reporter: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY POLITICAL SCIENTIST ALVER TILLERY, JR. SAYS THE 10 UPCOMING PRIMARIES AND CAUCUSES PRIOR TO MARCH’S ELECTION DAY WILL FURTHER CLARIFY A FRONTRUNNER. AFTER SUPER TUESDAY THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. BUT A CANDIDATE NEEDS 1,91 DELEGATES TO BECOME THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. SO HE SAYS ILLINOIS’S 184 DELEGATES WILL BE AN IMPORTANT GRAB THIS YEAR FOR ANY CANDIDATES STILL IN THE GAME. BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THE TOP TWO. ILLINOIS WILL ABSOLUTELY MATTER. YOUR VOTES WILL MATTER THIS TIME. AND IT’S AN EXCITING TIME TO BE A VOTER IN THE STATE. EARLY VOTING TOTALS ARE STILL BEING COUNTED IN THOSE SUPER TUESDAY STATES. TOTALS WILL CHANGE. ALREADY THE CANDIDATE LIST HAS. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG DROPPED OUT