California adds more heft to Super Tuesday because 30 percent of delegates awarded on this day will be coming from here. (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Super Tuesday is an extremely crucial day in the US Presidential Elections and this year it falls on March 3. It is the day when most states hold nominating contests and most delegates are allotted to candidates. On this day, almost one-third of all the delegates for the National Democratic Convention will be up for grabs. After primaries and caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, March 3 will witness a big primary day.
On Super Tuesday, fourteen states and one US territory will hold nominating contests to award a total of 1,357 delegates, reported The Washington Post. The states mainly include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
The Super Tuesday this year has gained more prominence because California, which traditionally held its primary in June, will have the nomination votes on March 3 itself.
As California is the most populated state in the US, it adds more heft to the Super Tuesday because 30 percent of delegates awarded on this day will be coming from this state only.
Super Tuesday becomes important for the fact that almost 34 percent of the total delegates is awarded on this very day.
With Super Tuesday coming up, the race for Democratic nominating is still wide open with as many as 8 candidates in the fray.
The top Democratic candidates include Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former vice president Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
However, some of the Democratic candidates are likely to drop out after the results of nomination processes in Nevada and South Carolina are over.
Republicans too can vote in the primaries but having Donald Trump in a consolidated position, the focus is likely to be more on Democrats.
Earlier in Iowa caucus, Former mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg nearly tied for the first place with leftist senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders. While in New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders and Buttigieg were separated by a razor-thin margin.
Sanders got 26 per cent of votes while Buttigieg narrowly trailed on 24.3 per cent and fellow Midwesterner Klobuchar on 19.9 per cent.