The results have come in- get ready for Super Tuesday! On Tuesday, March 1st, 12 states got to vote on who they think should be a Democratic or Republican nominee. This very often determines whether a certain candidate will be his or her party’s nominee.
Caucuses (in general) are one way to nominate a presidential candidate. They are conducted in a small district, not the whole state. Therefore, less people will vote in the caucuses. The caucuses are only open to people who are registered political party members and voters who became party members by filling out forms. You can only vote for someone in the party you are registered to (i.e. If you are registered to the Democratic Party, you may not vote for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz).
Primaries (again, in general) are another way to select a nominee for a particular party. They are based on polls taken from the whole state, and not only a small district. Primaries are also open only to registered voters and to people who have registered to a political party. There are two types of primaries: open and closed primaries. In open primaries people can vote not only for people in their registered party (i.e. as a member of the Republican party, you MAY vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders). In closed primaries, you may only vote for people in your registered party, similar to the voting process in the caucuses.
Today, most states conduct primaries but some still run caucuses. These primaries and caucuses award delegates to different candidate, and in the end the candidate from each party who has the most delegates is selected to be their party’s nominee.
Super Tuesday is a collection of primaries and caucuses conducted in 12 different states and American Samoa which is an American territory. Super Tuesday has taken place every election year since 1988 and awards 661 Republican delegates and 865 Democratic delegates. Since Super Tuesday is a collection of so many states, Super Tuesday will give a pretty clear display of the leading nominees.
In this Super Tuesday, the results for the Republicans as follows: Donald Trump won 7 states, Ted Cruz won 3 states and Marco Rubio won 1 state. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton won 7 states and Bernie Sanders has won 4. Currently in the lead are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with 316 delegates for Trump and 1,034 delegates for Hillary Clinton. To win a nomination, a Republican candidate must have at least 1,237 delegates and a Democratic candidate must have at least 2,383 delegates.
For Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last night was a major win, but Ted Cruz and Sanders did achieve some success. Bernie Sanders has won in some states Hillary Clinton was expected to win in. On the Republican side, lots of people are turning against Trump. They are calling for John Kasich to quit the race. This will make it easier for Cruz and Rubio to earn more delegates, which would make it easier to beat Trump. Ben Carson has already dropped out, and has announced that he will take a new job with organization My Faith Votes, a group whose main focus is getting Christians to the polls.
Even though last night’s events tell us a lot about who may be our future nominee, the future of the 2016 campaign is highly unpredictable. Who knows who will be the next U.S. president?
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