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Joe Biden; Early Voting; The Players; Around Town

Joe Biden
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a primary election night rally Tuesday in Los Angeles.

With Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg ending their active campaigns, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is shaping up as battle between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

Bloomberg is throwing his support to the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race - former Vice President Biden.

Editor's Note: Word that Warren is dropping out of race for president broke shortly after this episode originally aired. 

Bloomberg had built up a substantial operation here in Florida. Now all those resources will go to Biden. Meanwhile, Biden has racked up surrogates from across Florida. We welcomed Jacksonville Democratic State Rep. Tracie Davis, who is suppporting Biden. She joined us from Tallahassee.

Early Voting

Early voting is underway in Florida, and civic groups are urging everyone from returning citizens to first-time voters to head to the polls this Saturday. It’s the first Saturday of early voting leading up to the official primary election day on March 17th. Destanie Morman is North Florida Communications Coordinator with The New Florida Majority.

Related: 2020 National, State And Local Election Coverage

The Players

The Players Championship returns to TPC Sawgrass next week. Jared Rice is Executive Director of The Players and joined us. Our program will be live from the Players for the full hour next Thursday morning,  March 12, as all the action gets underway.

Around Town

Some ideas for your weekend include a free waterfront festival at JU. Join Jacksonville University along the St. Johns River this weekend for the school’s first ever Waterfront Family Festival. It's free and open to the public. Dr. Quint White heads up JU’s Marine Science Research Institute and joined us on the show to give more information.

There are plenty of events going on Around Town this weekend. Matt Pittman of Main Events Jax joined us to tell more.

Jacksonville Home and Patio Show Spring 2020

Prime Osborn Convention Center, Friday – Sunday, prices start at $12 (save $2 ordering online).

Festival of Laughs

Florida Theatre, Saturday 8pm, prices start at $52.50.

March Jax Veg Fest

Riverside Park, Saturday 10am to 4pm, The event is free.

Sweet Life Music Festival

Seawalk Pavilion, Saturday 12pm to 8pm, The event is free. VIP tickets are available for $15.

Gate River Run 2020

Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Saturday, 8am. Prices start at $60 to run the 15K, $45 for the 5K.

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Peter was an intern with WJCT during the 2020 spring semester from the University of North Florida, where he is majoring in communications.