Super Tuesday is seen as a key turning point in most presidential campaigns and narrows the field.
Super Tuesday is the name given to the day when the largest number of US statesare given the chance to cast votes for Republican and Democratic candidates.
It is usually seen as a turning point in most presidential campaigns, and a key indicator as to who the nominees will be from each party. It narrows the field.
No doubt, it will clarify the future of the five remaining Republican candidates - Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio. On March
Super Tuesday and who gets left behind
For both Republicans and Democrats, Super Tuesday comes down to amassing delegates. For Republicans, 595 delegates are at stake. For Democrats, there are 1,004. Considering Republican candidates need 1,237 delegates to win the party's nomination and Democrats need 2,383, Super Tuesday is one of the most important days in the
This year there is an expanded cast of Super Tuesday states.
For Democrats, this will mean a real stress test for grassroots campaigns, such as the one currently being run by Bernie Sanders. Large primary events such as Super Tuesday inevitably favour well-funded candidates like his rival Hillary Clinton.
Within the ranks of the Republicans, only Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio remain viable candidates for Super Tuesday and beyond. Senator Cruz's home state of
Trump, of course, is expected to dominate: he is currently polling at 37.5 percent. Rubio is considered the party's compromise candidate.
Super Tuesday delegate system
More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than any other day of the election. Candidates will receive delegates based on the percentage of votes they receive. In
Donald Trump and the GOP scramble for survival
In their battle to outflank each other and become the main rival to Donald Trump, Super Tuesday is a battle over fundraising for both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. So far, Cruz has proven to be more popular with donors. He entered this month with more than twice the amount of money than Rubio. The Texas Senator has also consistently out-fundraised Rubio in the 11 states that will stage Super Tuesday. Last month, Cruz raised more than $1.8 million from Super Tuesday battlegrounds – in comparison, Rubio raised around half that amount, $774,000.
It has been widely predicted the GOP field will narrow after Super Tueday and either Kasich or Carson – or possibly both – will have to withdraw from the race. The remaining candidates have large primaries ahead of them, including