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Biden to accept Democratic nomination virtually as DNC further scales back 2020 convention

Biden will accept his nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware, the DNC said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech in Wilmington, Del., on July 28, 2020.
Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech in Wilmington, Del., on July 28, 2020.Mark Makela / Getty Images

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Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to formally accept the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination at his party’s convention due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday.

Biden will accept his nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware, the DNC said. The other scheduled speakers, including Biden’s eventual running mate, will now address the convention, which will run from Aug. 17-20, remotely as well, the committee said.

The change in plans marks an even more significantly scaled-down convention amid the raging outbreak. The announcement comes just weeks after the DNC said Biden had planned to accept the nomination, but that the rest of the event would be nearly all virtual.

In late June, the DNC had said publicly that delegates were being told to stay home because of COVID-19 concerns but that Biden would accept the nomination in person in Milwaukee,

More than 158,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, while there have been nearly 4.8 million confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S.

Wisconsin has seen a steady rise of confirmed cases since July.

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