ProgressiveIssue.com is endorsing Bernie Sanders in this Primary race. See the bottom of the article for a link to make sure you have all the info you need to vote for Bernie during Super Tuesday.
Super Tuesday is March 1 (tomorrow as of this writing). It is called “Super Tuesday” because numerous states hold primaries, and there are a lot of delegates up for grabs. In order to win the nomination to proceed to the General Election as that parties official candidate, the winning Democratic candidate must have at least 2,383 delegates and the winning Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates.
For both parties, Texas has the most delegates available during Super Tuesday.
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are among the GOP candidates looking to cut into Donald Trump’s lead. Heading into Super Tuesday, Trump leads with 81 delegates while Cruz and Rubio are both tied for second with 17 delegates.
Heading into Saturday’s South Carolina primary, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were tied with 51 delegates. Clinton also has the supposed advantage of having an additional 453 superdelegates that have been pledged to her, but historically, these can and will change as it gets closer to the end of the Primaries and Caucuses.
Here’s a look at the Super Tuesday delegate breakdown for both the GOP and Democratic parties:
Democratic Super Tuesday States & Delegate Counts
Aside from the Colorado caucus, all the primaries on the Democratic side use the proportional method to award the delegates. This is good news for the Sanders campaign. Although early polls suggest he is trailing in nearly every Super Tuesday state, he still has an opportunity to win delegates even if he does not win the state.
(Note: Democrats abroad can cast ballots between March 1 and March 8 in their “global primary.” )
Republican Super Tuesday States & Delegate Counts
The majority of the Super Tuesday states use the proportional method to award the delegates. Delegates are rewarded to multiple candidates based on the results. A candidate may not win a state but still has an opportunity to win some of the state’s delegates. The Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming caucuses use the unbounded method of awarding delegates. The primaries on March 15 mark the beginning of the winner-take-all method that constitutes the majority of the remaining primaries.
(Notes: Republicans in Colorado will also hold their caucus on Super Tuesday, but the outcome will have no impact on how the state allocates its 37 delegates. Wyoming Republicans have a long nominating process that starts with precinct caucuses on Super Tuesday, but doesn’t wrap up until the state party convention in April. The Green Papers website has a good rundown of the process. )
If you are voting for Bernie Sanders, go here for more details about your specific State: