What you need to know about 'Super Tuesday'
WASHINGTON: Americans eager to know what Democrat President Donald will face in the November elections may have a clearer vision after, it will surely be a defining moment in the race.
Four of the country's 50 states have already voted, but March 3 is the most important day of the entire presidential primary process, with tens of millions of Americans eligible to vote.
It could be a turning point when the favorite Bernie Sanders ensures unsurpassed leadership, or former vice president Joe biden Ensures a dramatic return. The success of Super Tuesday requires tremendous field play, top-level fundraising and great momentum.
Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will probably have to face a daunting election on Wednesday morning: challenge the odds and move on, or retire.
Here are some things to keep in mind on Super Tuesday:
The states at stake cover the entire nation, from the sparsely populated northeast of Maine to California, the progressive power of the West Coast whose population of 40 million is the largest in the country.
The southern state of Texas, with 29 million, is another great prize. Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Colorado also cast votes.
The other states at stake are Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.
With the 14 states, in addition to American Samoa and Democrats living abroad, that reflect the nation's social and economic diversity, Super Tuesday offers the opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their ability, or weakness, to attract a broad strip of voters from different backgrounds and in different regions.
Tabulated votes could take all night.
A third of the delegates who will formally elect the Democratic presidential candidate are at stake, making it a critical point in the U.S. election calendar.
Winning the nomination of the party requires a candidate to win an absolute majority of delegates - 1,991 - who are assigned proportionally according to the results in each primary or caucus.
The huge number of 1,357 delegates are available on Tuesday, compared to the 155 that have been allocated so far.
Sanders leads the polls in the crown jewel of California (415 delegates) and Texas (228), and the leftist of the fire brand could deal a hammer blow against his rivals if he does well there.
Candidates must reach a threshold imposed by the party of 15 percent of the votes to win delegates.
The billionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg , participated in the first four competitions, but has already spent a record USD 500 million in campaign advertising. Voters will see if their unconventional gambit is worth it in the Super Tuesday states, where it is on the ballot for the first time.
A miserable debut debate performance in mid-February and a second unconvincing appearance last Tuesday reduced their trend line in the polls, but still remains in third place nationwide, behind Sanders and Biden.
The main party contender will be formally nominated at the National Democratic Convention, scheduled for July 13 and 16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
But the prospects of a bitter battle of nominations on the floor of the convention are increasingly real.
Sanders argues that the candidate who addresses the convention with the delegated leader, regardless of whether he or she has an absolute majority, must be declared a candidate.
Rivals demand that the party adhere to its rules, which state that if no candidate wins a majority plus one during the primary race, committed delegates can vote freely for another candidate on the second ballot of the convention.
In addition, some 771 superdelegates - officials and party committee leaders, along with Democratic members of Congress - will be eligible to vote on the second ballot.
Since the superdelegates are usually members of the party establishment, their participation could divert the result of Sanders.