Biden coasts to victory in New Jersey, Delaware primaries, NBC News projects

Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primaries in New Jersey and his home state of Delaware, NBC News projects.

The pair of wins Tuesday night allows Biden, who is already the presumptive Democratic nominee, to build on the delegate haul he’s already amassed heading into next month’s scaled-down Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Biden officially became the party’s presumptive nominee last month when he exceeded the 1,991 pledged delegates needed to do so.

Both states are conducting their primaries almost entirely by mail, due to the coronavirus pandemic. And in New Jersey, where politics watchers were closely following several congressional primaries, election officials cautioned that results were not likely to be known for several days, because ballots can be postmarked as late at 8:00 p.m. ET Tuesday.

In recent weeks, all registered Democratic and Republican voters have received a ballot in the mail, while unaffiliated and inactive

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News from around our 50 states

Alabama

Montgomery: The capital is now the heart of the state’s pandemic crisis after a two-week surge in new coronavirus cases rocketed Montgomery County past Alabama’s larger counties. The city’s 2,791 COVID-19 cases are the most in the state, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. More than 1,000 new cases have been confirmed over the past 14 days in Montgomery County, which at about 225,000 people is only the state’s fourth most populous. Fewer people have been tested in Montgomery County than Mobile County, the second hardest-hit, but the rate of positives is significantly higher around the capital. In a news release, the ADPH cited outbreaks at workplaces and long-term care facilities, although it noted that large gatherings during the Memorial Day holiday may have contributed to the surge. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed had proposed making mask-wearing mandatory but withdrew the idea earlier this month when it

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ASID’s CEO Departs, GE Lighting Acquired by Savant, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

Business

Savant to Acquire GE Lighting

Smart home tech company Savant Systems, Inc. made waves this week by announcing that it had inked a deal to buy General Electric Lighting. Savant plans to capitalize on GE Lighting’s brand name while expanding its products’ capabilities thanks to their own technologies. The news also marks a notable divestiture for American mega-company GE.

Home Furnishings Startup Closes Major Funding During COVID-19 Crisis

Fernish, the Los Angeles startup that rents home furnishings, recently closed its Series A round of funding amid the COVID-19 crisis. The company raised $15 million via round participants including RET Ventures; Spencer Rascoff, a cofounder of Zillow; and Fred Tuomi, former CEO of home-rental company Invitation Homes. The startup,

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