On Super Tuesday, fourteen states and one US territory hold nominating contests (Photo Credit: Twitter/@BernieSanders)
Super Tuesday, which is an extremely crucial day in the US Presidential Elections, falls on March 3 this year. On this day, most of the US states hold nominating contests and majority of delegates are allotted to candidates. Almost one-third of all the delegates for the National Democratic Convention will be up for grabs. 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 which will hold voting on Super Tuesday include-
This year, the Super Tuesday 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 are awarded on this very day.
As Super Tuesday comes 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, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Tulsi Gabbard.
While there are five candidates still contesting for the Democratic nomination, it seems that the contest will come down to two veterans- Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Currently, Biden has 54 pledged delegates in his kitty while Sanders, who won the primaries in New Hampshire and Nevada and was tied with Buttigieg in Iowa Caucus, is leading the pledged delegate count with 60, according to latest figures in New York Times.