Author: Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Mr. Rainey invites readers to share his news article so, with thanks and grateful acknowledgment to Richard, here's a terrific summary of Super Tuesday information to help you and your loved ones get organized and to the polls on time!
Super Tuesday is the nickname given to the one day in every Republican and Democratic presidential primary cycle where the most states vote at once, often dramatically culling the candidate field before the summer's national conventions. Super Tuesday 2016 could do the same.
When is Super Tuesday?
March 1, 2016. Twelve states and one territory will caucus or cast primary votes. More delegates will be up for grabs at one time than any other point in the election cycle.
How many delegates are at stake?
For Republicans, 595 delegates are at stake. For Democrats, there a 1,004. GOP candidates need 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. Democrats need 2,383.
What are the Super Tuesday states?
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold primaries for both parties. Alaska will hold its Republican caucus while American Samoa will caucus for Democrats.
Colorado will also hold a caucus for both parties, but with a small twist. While the Democratic caucus will occur under typical circumstances, Republicans chose not to pick a preferred candidate, leaving their delegates to decide at the national convention.
How is 2016 Super Tuesday different from 2012?
Alabama, Arkansas and Texas joined Super Tuesday this year. Their addition has added the name "SEC primary" to the contests.
Minnesota also moved its primary to March 1.
Idaho, which was part of 2012 Super Tuesday, moved its caucus dates to March 8 for Republicans and March 22 for Democrats. North Dakota will caucus in June, and Ohio moved its primaries to March 15.
How do Louisiana's 2016 primaries fit in?
Louisiana's primary is basically the dessert to Super Tuesday's supper. It will happen five days later, on March 5. It's notable because it's one of the few contests between Super Tuesday and what many pundits are considering a big moment for the 2016 primary season: the March 15 primaries that include Florida, Illinois and Ohio.
Here is a complete list of the primaries and caucuses in the campaign leading up to the nominating conventions in July. Democrats will meet July 25–28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; Republicans will gather July 18–21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Date/Primary or Caucus
Tuesday, February 23: Nevada Republican caucuses
Saturday, February 27: South Carolina Democratic primary
Tuesday, March 1: Alabama, Alaska Republican caucuses, American Samoa Democratic caucuses, Arkansas, Colorado caucuses (both parties, no preference vote for Republicans)
Democrats Abroad party-run primary, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota caucuses (both parties), North Dakota Republican caucuses, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont
Virginia, Wyoming Republican caucuses
Saturday, March 5: Kansas caucuses (both parties), Kentucky Republican caucuses
Louisiana, Maine Republican caucuses, Nebraska Democratic caucuses
Sunday, March 6: Maine Democratic caucuses and Puerto Rico (Republicans only)
Tuesday, March 8: Hawaii Republican caucuses, Idaho (Republicans only), Michigan
Thursday, March 10: Virgin Islands Republican caucuses
Saturday, March 12: Guam Republican convention, Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucuses, Washington, DC Republican convention
Tuesday, March 15: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands Republican caucuses, Ohio
Tuesday, March 22: American Samoa Republican convention, Arizona, Idaho Democratic caucuses, Utah caucuses (both parties)
Saturday, March 26: Alaska Democratic caucuses, Hawaii Democratic caucuses
Washington Democratic caucuses
Friday-Sunday, April 1-3: North Dakota Republican state convention
Tuesday, April 5: Wisconsin
Saturday, April 9: Colorado Republican state convention, Wyoming Democratic caucuses
Tuesday, April 19: New York
Tuesday, April 26: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Tuesday, May 3: Indiana
Saturday, May 7: Guam Democratic caucuses/convention
Tuesday, May 10: Nebraska (Republicans only), West Virginia
Tuesday, May 17: Kentucky (Democrats only), Oregon
Tuesday, May 24: Washington (Republicans only)
Saturday, June 4: Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses
Sunday, June 5: Puerto Rico Democratic caucuses
Tuesday, June 7: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota Democratic caucuses South Dakota
Tuesday, June 14: Washington, DC (Democrats only)
Sincere thanks to Mr. Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for this very insightful and informative news article! Happy reading and be sure to vote!
Donna LaRoche, M.Ed., Professional Organizer Serving Cape Cod, MetroWest and Eastern Massachusetts Contact: 617.640.2366 www.energizeandorganize.com
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