Clip 'N Save: 2016 Npr Super Tuesday Guide
A few things you need to know about the biggest day yet in this presidential campaign. http://n.pr/20ZCM9Q
- •WHY IS IT CALLED “SUPER TUESDAY?"(Photo: KOMUnews/Flickr) This nickname is given to the day every four years when more delegates are up for grabs than on any other single day of voting in a presidential primary cycle. The primary calendar changes every cycle, so Super Tuesday is not a fixed date or a fixed set of states. The name is simply conferred by the media and the political world to whichever date happens to have the most delegates at stake.
- •HOW MANY STATES ARE ACTUALLY VOTING?It’s complicated. It’s correct to say there are contests in 13 states, but we will only see results from 12 states, plus the territory of American Samoa and, Democrats abroad (expatriates who consider themselves Democrats). In Wyoming, Republicans begin their caucusing process that day, but won’t have a presidential preference poll. The same is true for Republicans in Colorado, but Democrats will hold caucuses in Colorado that will produce a result.
- •HOW MANY DELEGATES ARE UP FOR GRABS?1,460 (865 for Democrats, 595 for Republicans). For Democrats, there are an additional 150 unpledged, or superdelegates in Super Tuesday states. They are free to vote however they want at the national convention this summer. With superdelegates added in, Super Tuesday represents 22 percent of all delegates.
- •WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE CALLING IT THE “SEC PRIMARY?"Ahead of the 2016 cycle, officials in several southern states banded together to set their primaries on the same day, giving the region concentrated influence in the nominating process that it has lacked in recent cycles. The nickname “SEC Primary” emerged from this effort, referring to the Southeastern Conference – the top-tier college athletic conference comprised of major universities across the south.
- •IS THIS THE MOST "SUPER" OF THE "SUPER TUESDAYS?"Nope. The record for most states on a single day was in 2008, when 25 held their contests.