What you need to know about Super Tuesday

The biggest day of the primary season, March 1 is Super Tuesday. 13 states – and one territory – are all participating.

During the day, the Republican candidates have an opportunity to win about half of the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the nomination. On the other hand, Democratic candidates will have about 880 delegates awarded, which is about a third of those needed for the nomination.

There are five Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates remaining, which will make Super Tuesday a “make it or break it” type of race. If a candidate does poorly, there is a likely chance that he or she will drop out of the race entirely.

States and territories participating during the day are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming and American Samoa.

Many of these states are located in the southern part of the country and are therefore known as the SEC Primary, or Southeastern Conference, part of a college athletic conference. The states in the SEC Primary are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

During Super Tuesday, each state has a different voting method. Some have primaries, while others have caucuses.

While Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia are hosting primaries, caucuses will reside in Colorado and Minnesota. The Republican Party is also holding caucuses in Alaska and Wyoming, while the Democratic Party will hold their caucuses in American Samoa.

According to CBS News, The Republican National Committee decided in 2014 that states holding primaries or caucuses before March 15 must award their delegates to the candidates proportionally, rather than on a winner-take-all basis. This decision means that the delegates will be awarded based on the statewide vote or based on who wins in each congressional district. Democrats award most of their delegates proportionally, according to the CBS News article.

Texas has the largest amount of delegates among the states participating in Super Tuesday, with 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates at stake.


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