Sanders, Biden to debate without live audience due to coronavirus concerns

Sanders, Biden to debate without live audience due to coronavirus concerns
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., works the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Chicago's Grant Park Saturday, March 7, 2020. (Source: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

(AP) - Democratic front-runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will debate as scheduled Sunday in Arizona amid the coronavirus outbreak — but without a live audience.

The Democratic National Committee says it is making the move “at the request of both campaigns and out of an abundance of caution.”

DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa says local public health officials had advised that the debate could continue as planned.

Both Biden and Sanders cancelled their election night events Tuesday in Ohio amid concerns about the epidemic.

Sanders and Biden have also canceled their primary-night rallies in Cleveland amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.

The moves suggest the coronavirus could upend the Democratic primary at a pivotal time in the race for both candidates.

Sanders is trying to regain some momentum in the latest round of voting Tuesday night, while the former vice president is looking to further pad his delegate lead.

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