Joe Biden effectively wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination much faster than expected, beating 2020 rival Bernie Sanders decisively in a string of primaries. But with it comes drawbacks that could make it difficult to remain competitive financially with President Trump’s reelection effort.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to uncertainty over when many states will hold their primary contests. The former vice president’s campaign appears to be stuck in limbo, with a moratorium on all in-person campaign stops and fundraisers. In their place are “virtual” events, which feature video conference calls with Biden addressing donors and fielding questions.
Holding such regular events are without any precedent in a modern campaign. Already, Biden’s campaign has had issues with its tech operation. Earlier this week, he had to postpone a virtual fundraiser scheduled for Thursday but gave no explanation why.
“We are really looking forward to convening with you virtually. As we are adjusting to all of the changes and still in transition, we would like to postpone our virtual event until next week. We will follow up shortly with the new date,” the Biden campaign said in an email to donors on Wednesday.