Super Tuesday Primary

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Humans aren’t the only ones voting for change; while meerkats move from various dirt patches hunting for food, they communicate with one another through shouts and calls, using a kind of voice vote to decide when it’s time to move on. When African wild dogs are deciding whether to go out on a hunt, they gather for a rally. Then, they collectively reach a decision on whether to go out on an expedition. A “yes” vote is communicated in the form of a sneeze. 

While you’re nervously waiting for the results of Super Tuesday, at least you didn’t have to sneeze your way into a decision this Super Tuesday (hopefully).

And then there were seven. Wait, six. No, five. Since Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary in a landslide Saturday, Democratic candidates have been dropping like flies. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race the day before Super Tuesday, both announcing their last-minute unifying attempt by endorsing Joe Biden on Monday night.

What is Super Tuesday?

It’s one of the most consequential days in the Democratic primary. The single day when most of the states hold their primaries and caucuses, awarding delegates to nominees who need at least 1,991 out of the nearly 4,000 up for grabs to win the nomination. 

So far we’ve seen Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina primaries, but today we’re adding 14 more state primaries to the list. It’s a huge day in the political realm, but it’s still relatively early so the results aren’t finite quite yet-- primaries and caucuses will be happening until June. Democrats are mainly the focus here, but Republican ballots are happening, too, but Donald Trump doesn’t face much of a competitor. 

The states voting span across the country - literally from California to Maine - awarding 1,357 of the delegates among the still-standing candidates. Not one single president hopeful can win the nomination on Super Tuesday, but they can lead in the number of delegates states give, which can provide insight into who the frontrunners are while the race gets closer to election day. 

It’s the delegate total, not the individual number of votes people cast, that counts when figuring out who wins a party’s presidential nomination. Each state is allotted a certain number of delegates based on a formula of population, so stronger Democrat-leaning states will have a higher Democrat delegate count and visa-versa for Republican-leaning states.

This year Super Tuesday is even more consequential because California moved its primary up from June, which is at the tail end of the nominating process when there’s typically less at stake. The addition of the most populous state adds even more heft to Super Tuesday; 30 percent of the delegates awarded will come from California.

There are things to watch for this Super Tuesday. Like, will lifelong Democrat Joe Biden show up favorable for more moderates? Or will Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign survive following Super Tuesday results? Bernie Sanders’ momentum has been on a continuous high- will it stay that way? How will Mike Bloomberg do on his first presidential ballot? 

There are 7 days until the Michigan and Washington State primaries. 14 days to the Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona primaries. 21 days to the Georgia primary. 245 days until election day. 323 days to Inauguration day. Important days are coming up in 2020. It’s our civic duty to be informed voters and use the voice so many fought for us to have the right to use. 

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