What's at stake on Super Tuesday

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It’s Super Tuesday.

People in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will be casting ballots both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans in Alaska are holding caucuses. Democrats in Colorado are conducting caucuses as well. Democrats in American Samoa are also holding their nominating contest.

661 delegates are at stake Republicans, while 865 are on the line for Democrats.

The term “Super Tuesday” originated in the 1988 election. Southern Democrats wanted to highlight the electoral significance of their region. Given the number of states conducting primaries and caucuses on a single day, “Super Tuesday” forces candidates to campaign nationwide.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump holds an edge in most Super Tuesday states; however, recent numbers show Senator Marco Rubio could pull of upsets in key states. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is leading in his home state. With 155 delegates at stake, it’s clearly the largest prize; Cruz is hoping for a big win in the state to swing momentum to his campaign.

Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton has a strong lead in the southern states with the most delegates. Bernie Sanders is targeting five states: Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Oklahoma.   

Super Tuesday is considered a major test for those seeking the presidency. It’s considered a strong precursor to who eventually wins the nomination, although not every Super Tuesday winner goes on to win the presidency.

Illinois holds its primary election March 15.

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