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Whether you identify as a Republican or a Democrat, this 2020 election is crucial to the trajectory of our nation. If you have turned on a news station recently, the media is enthralled with the nomination of a Democratic candidate for president, as they are the challenger. Whether it is the candidate’s comments about others or the current president’s comments about them, the media and America are hanging on to every word. There is no time like today to pay attention to the election, as March 3rd, also known as Super Tuesday, is where fourteen states cast their votes.
First, the Democrats. As the challenger, they have had more candidates in their field. They started with 28, but are now down to five. These include Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Both Warren and Sanders are no stranger to this process, as they were top contenders in the 2016 nominee race. Currently Sanders is using this experience to his advantage because he is the current frontrunner. Biden is no stranger to the experience either, but he is using his experience as President Barack Obama’s Vice President for all eight years of Obama’s presidency to secure second place among the candidates. Mike Bloomberg is the former Mayor of New York City and has spent millions on this campaign, but currently has no delegates. Tulsi Gabbard, a House member from Hawaii, also has zero delegates, but garnered national attention when she was not invited (then subsequently invited) to one of the many Nominee Debates.
The Republicans are technically the incumbents, as we currently have a Republican president. Surprisingly, however, there were three other candidates who challenged Donald Trump’s Republican nomination, with only one left (William Weld, the former Massachusetts Governor). However, Donald Trump is expected to win the nomination, as he is the current president and symbolic head of the party. Knowing that he is almost certainly going to be the winner for the Republican party, he has been very vocal about all of the Democratic nominees.
We are currently on the presepus of one of the biggest days in the nomination cycle — Super Tuesday. On March 3rd, fourteen states will cast their votes for their respective party’s nominee. This totals to 1,357 electoral delegates up for grabs, which is almost a third of the total 3,979 delegates. A candidate really only needs 1,991 delegates to receive the nomination, but none of the current candidates are even close to that number. The two biggest states to vote this Tuesday are California with 415 delegates, and Texas, with 228 delegates. Both states currently have Sanders as the favorite to win big, but the race is much more narrow between him and Biden, so it is still a toss up. The other states to cast votes on March 3rd are North Carolina (110 delegates), Virginia (99 delegates), Massachusetts (91 delegates), Minnesota (75 delegates), Colorado (67 delegates), Tennessee (64 delegates), Alabama (52 delegates), Oklahoma (37 delegates), Arkansas (31 delegates), Utah (24 delegates), and Vermont (16 delegates). Sanders is expected to win all delegates in Vermont, as this is his home state.
Super Tuesday is a big day for the nomination process, as it gives a clearer picture of who will be the nominee. Most candidates will drop out if they do not win as big as they want, further narrowing the race. Whether you vote Democrat, Republican, or something else, March 3rd is a big day to see who might face Donald Trump this November. We will not know the true nominee until this July at the Democractic National Committee (where the delegates actually cast their votes in line with how their state voted), but this is a step in that direction.
Thanks to Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC for their insight into Super Tuesday. If you are curious about how a candidate may affect your business should he or she be elected, contact a business lawyer, like a business lawyer in Arlington, TX, today.