Super Tuesday! When & what is it? Why does it matter to you?
My Fellow Hyphenated Americans:
So much at stake in this election, issues are much greater than many of us think!
Super Tuesday – March 1, 2016 – is the biggest single day for presidential primary, with 13 states and one territory participating: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming and American Samoa. The day is a turning point in most presidential election years, typically serving as the key indicator as to who the nominees will be from each party.
Why does it matter to you?
Despite all the dysfunction in Washington, I still believe citizen voices make a difference. Your Vote is Our Voice – Strong Voter Overpowers the Influence of Big Money in Politics!
LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Enjoy the fulfillment that comes from knowing you are helping to make history, and building a better America.
So many have fought and died to grant us the right to vote, we must actively exercise our civic right, no matter your color, creed or political affiliation, we encourage you to join us in early voting, as the people who make up the 100% need to come together and take over our democracy. We must stop the practice that divides us, favors some of us over others, and tears apart the fabric of our community. Diversity is the OBJECTIVE.
53 years since Dr. Martin Luther King said to the AFL CIO that the only voting bloc that could transform America would be for blacks and labor and poor whites and Latinos and Asians to learn how to work together, so let’s work together, Let’s VOTE.
Who is in the race?
On the Republican side, it’s businessman Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. For Democrats, it’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
What’s at stake?
In all, 595 Republican delegates- about 25 percent of the total number – are available on Super Tuesday. Republicans need 1,237 delegates to win the party’s nomination; Democrats need 2,383. There are 1,004 Democrat delegates available on March 1. The states involved in Super Tuesday also represent about 130 so-called Super Delegates, Democrats who are not pledged to support the winner from their states. The vast majority of Super Delegates have already pledged support for Clinton.
How does Super Tuesday work?
Each state handles the voting process differently: some are primaries, which are run by the states; others are caucuses, which are typically put on by the state parties.
What’s the biggest prize?
Texas is by far the biggest delegate prize on the map, with 155 Republican delegates and 252 Democratic delegates at stake. That’s why candidates on both sides have spent time there and invested significant resources into the state.
But there are a handful of other states with significant delegate totals that candidates are targeting as well: think Alabama (50 Republican delegates; 60 Democratic delegates), Georgia (76 Republican delegates; 116 Democratic delegates), Tennessee (58 Republican delegates; 76 Democratic delegates) and Virginia (49 Republican delegates; 110 Democratic delegates).
What’s the SEC primary?
This year, Super Tuesday is also known as the “Sec Primary.” Earlier in the year, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas opted to join Georgia and Tennessee in holding primaries on Super Tuesday. The influx of Southern states – all of which have sports teams that compete in the Southeastern Conference – led to the name the “SEC Primary.”
How are delegates awarded?
In most cases, states participating in Super Tuesday will award delegates proportionally, meaning candidates will receive delegates based on the percentage of votes they receive, as long as they meet a certain threshold. That threshold varies by state.
Is it all over after Super Tuesday?
No, though the crowd may thin. There are still large primaries ahead, including Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri on March 15 and New York in April 19. The final multi-state primary day isn’t until June 7, when California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, as well as North Dakota Democrats, will vote.
Urging all Hyphenated Americans more specially Muslim Americans and Asian Americans to Get out The Vote (GOTV).
My name is Radwan Chowdhury and I approve this message.
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