It’s Super Tuesday, and if you’re reading this, go vote. Super Tuesday is the largest primary day for the presidential race, with 14 states holding primaries and one U.S. territory holding a caucus. If you’re a Democrat in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, or American Samoa — today is an especially important day to cast your vote. Don’t let your voice go to waste!
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The first round of polls closes at 7 p.m. in Vermont and Virginia, while the last polls will finish up at 11 p.m. in California. Considering just how many people will be casting ballots and the sheer amount of absentee votes, however, you can expect to see results rolling in for days or even weeks before a frontrunner is declared.
California and Texas are the two most populated states in the country, and they’re participating in Super Tuesday’s round of primaries. Their involvement means that about 40 percent of the entire U.S. population will have the chance to vote in a primary on March 3rd.
1,344 total delegates (or 34 percent of all pledged delegates) are at stake, and a candidate would have to get an overwhelming majority of 1,990 delegates in order to secure the Democratic nomination. However, only 155 have been up for grabs so far, and FiveThirtyEight is reporting that there’s a high chance (61 percent) that no one will clinch the nomination based solely on the Super Tuesday results.
Sanders appears to have the highest number of delegates, though Biden and Warren seem as though they’ll be able to grab a fair share as well. Bloomberg may also see some go to his campaign.
For now, though, it’s really anyone’s game. Stay tuned to see what happens next!