Super Tuesday: Here’s What You Need To Know

Candidates and voters are gearing up for the first major contest in the primaries. Here's what you need to know.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

Super Tuesday is the first day of multiple-state voting in the 2016 election. The day is important for a number of reasons and could make or break any of the candidates' chances at becoming their party’s nominee.

The states voting on Super Tuesday are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Alaska will hold Republican caucuses and Colorado will hold its Democratic caucuses. Democrats in American Samoa are also holding their nominating contest. There are 661 Republican delegates and 865 delegates for the Democrats at stake.

Hillary Clinton is hoping to show the strength of her Southern foundation of minority voters on which her campaign is largely built. Hillary had a big win in South Carolina over the weekend after her disappointing loss in the New Hampshire primary. She took the southern state easily with 73.5% of the votes. Hillary won amongst black voters and women in South Carolina. She is expected to win Super Tuesday with 55% of the votes compared to Bernie’s expected 38%.

On the Republican side, Trump is way ahead of his opponents according to a new survey. His support tops that of all four of his remaining opponents combined. He is ahead of his nearest competitor by more than 30 points. According to the survey, 49% of voters support Trump, compared to 16% for Marco Rubio, 15% for Ted Cruz, 10% for Ben Carson and 6% for John Kasich.

This could be the last contest for John Kasich and Ben Carson, who are barely hanging on in the polls. If the two candidates do forfeit, their voters could help Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio get one step closer to Donald Trump.

Here's what Richard Fowler thinks about young voters going into Super Tuesday:

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