Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and Joe Biden’s campaigns announced in separate statements Tuesday that their dueling rallies tonight in Cleveland will be canceled due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It’s the first time rallies in the 2020 presidential primary will be canceled over coronavirus fears. Both campaigns said they would evaluate future events on a case by case basis.

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The news follows warnings from Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine, who tweeted Tuesday: “Through the limiting of large events, our goal is to dramatically slow down the spread of COVID 19 and save lives. Now is the time to take action. … The truth is that COVID 19 is dangerous. We can’t ignore it. We can’t wish it away. We have to call it as it is.”

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