We are deep in the primary season and Super Tuesday is around the corner. If you’re in one of the states that will be voting on March 3rd, here are a few things for you to know ahead of Super Tuesday.
What is Super Tuesday?
On Tuesday, March 3, people from over a dozen states will be voting in the primary elections. Primaries not only decide party nominees for the general election but local and statewide initiatives as well.
There are more than 1,357 delegates up for grabs, meaning that after Super Tuesday 40% of the delegates will be spoken for ahead of the Democratic National Convention. This will be a major breaking point for some campaigns that have failed to gain any substantial delegates at that point.
Which states will vote on Super Tuesday?
California, the state with the most delegates (415) and Texas with the third most (228) will be voting on Super Tuesday. In addition, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Virginia will also be voting. And though Samoans who live in the American Samoa providence are not allowed to vote in the general election in November, they do hold an American Samoa Caucus for 6 delegates.
The Democratic presidential nominee is not the only important thing on the ballot Tuesday.
There are also key races outside of the Democratic nomination for president. Locally, there are races involving the House, District Attorney’s offices, and ballot initiatives. The DA’s race in Los Angeles is heated, with George Garçon challenging incumbent Jackie Lacey. Senator Kamala Harris endorsed Garcon, who is considered to be the more progressive candidate than Lacey. . Primaries are an opportunity for incumbents to get what is called “primaried” by other members within their same party. This is the case with Anthony Clark, a 37-year-old Black man who is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Danny Davis. Clark represents a wave of younger progressive candidates who are looking to take the reigns of the Democratic Party.
What’s at stake?
For campaigns, this is their last chance to prove that they should still be in the race. After Tuesday, if a candidate has not gained any delegates, it’s time you drop out and endorse. With Biden expected to win South Carolina and Sanders in the lead after tying in Iowa and winning New Hampshire and Nevada, the next quarter of the election will be decided on Super Tuesday. Sanders currently holds a strong lead in both California and Texas.
So if you’re in one of the Super Tuesday states study your ballot and make sure you’re prepared. Your voice matters, so get out and vote on March 3rd.