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Delaware voters to cast presidential primary ballots Tuesday

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Election 2020

In this June 25 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking during an event in Lancaster, Pa.

Joe Biden has already clinched the Democratic presidential nomination but is looking for icing on the cake with a primary win in his home state.

The longtime Delaware senator and former vice president faces only token opposition in Tuesday's primary from former Democratic contenders Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Both dropped out of the race months ago but their names remain on Delaware's primary ballot.

President Donald Trump also faces only token opposition from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, a perennial candidate from California who ran for U.S. Senate in Delaware and eight other states in 2018 and sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, but the number of open polling places is less than a third of that in the 2016 presidential primary.

Under Democratic Gov. John Carney's emergency coronavirus declarations, in-person voting locations were limited and absentee ballot applications were sent to all registered Democrats and Republicans. Voters were allowed to choose "sick or temporarily or permanently physically disabled" as a reason to be allowed to vote absentee.

Unlike most years when voters have an assigned polling place, registered Democrats and Republicans who have not already cast an absentee ballot can vote at any polling place.

In the Newark area, polling places include: Christiana High School, Downes Elementary School, Delaware Technical and Community College, First Presbyterian Church of Newark, Glasgow High School, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, Leasure Elementary School, Marshall Elementary School, Newark High School and Shue-Medill Middle School.

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