- Most results from Super Tuesday – when 16 Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses took place on the same day – are in, but California, the largest state, had still not been called by Wednesday evening.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden crushed expectations with big wins in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and the delegate-rich state of Texas. Biden also won Maine’s primary after duking it out with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont past midnight for the state’s delegates.
- Sanders was knocked back on his heels, so far winning only the comparatively small states of Colorado, Utah, and his home state of Vermont.
- On Wednesday, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Biden after getting trounced, despite pouring more than half a billion dollars into his campaign.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had a nightmare-scenario Super Tuesday and is taking stock of her campaign.
- Right now, Sanders’ last opportunity to catch up to Biden on the day is to run up the score in California, the biggest delegate prize of the primary, where he led with over half of the vote reporting.
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Super Tuesday is by far the biggest day in the Democratic presidential primary process. Follow along for live results here.
Here’s what happened so far:
- On Super Tuesday alone, former Vice President Joe Biden accumulated at least 408 delegates; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont 344; former Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City 46; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts 26; and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii 1. That’s 825, so still a ways to go until all 1,357 up for grabs are allocated.
- Biden started the night strong by overwhelmingly winning the Virginia presidential primary, kicking off a winning streak across the country – including in places where Sanders led in the polls.
- Biden went on to win the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Texas primaries.
- Sanders has so far won only smaller states like Colorado, Utah, and his home of state of Vermont.
- The California primary has still not been called.
- Bloomberg dropped out of the presidential race after getting trounced on Super Tuesday, despite pouring enormous sums of money into the contest.
- A core constituency of the Democratic primary is consolidating behind Biden – Southern black voters carried Biden to huge victories on Super Tuesday
- The former vice president got a boost from late deciders – Joe Biden’s big Super Tuesday wins are likely helped by voters who decided last minute, polls suggest
- Biden faced a harrowing moment during his big night – Dairy-industry protesters stormed the stage during Biden’s victory speech on Super Tuesday
- Warren knocked Bloomberg down several pegs in the debates, but it wasn’t enough to save her campaign – Super Tuesday was a nightmare scenario for Elizabeth Warren
- Other than winning the American Samoa caucuses, Bloomberg had a terrible night – Bloomberg spent 50 times as much as Biden in Virginia and still got demolished and Bloomberg saw disastrous Super Tuesday results after spending a quarter of a billion dollars
- President Donald Trump was having a fun Super Tuesday online – Trump tweets video of ‘Mini’ Mike Bloomberg licking his ‘dirty’ fingers while eating pizza in apparent coronavirus reference
- Gabbard’s one delegate from the American Samoa caucuses could land her back on the debate stage – Tulsi Gabbard may have just qualified for the next Democratic debate thanks to American Samoa
Here’s the current delegate count, including the early results from Super Tuesday states:
Here’s what next:
- California and its huge chunk of delegates pose a crucial opportunity for Sanders as Biden crushes him almost everywhere else in the country, including in states like Minnesota and Massachusetts where Sanders was largely favored to win.
- We’re also monitoring important down-ballot US Senate and House races in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California.
- Biden has officially overtaken Sanders in the delegate race – Stay tuned for more delegate updates.
- Power failures were reported at some Los Angeles polling places
- Bloomberg said his only path to the nomination was through a contested convention
- The Sanders campaign rolled out an ancient tool from a simpler era: Facebook profile-picture overlays
All about Super Tuesday:
Everything you need to know about Super Tuesday on March 3, the biggest day in the Democratic primaries
What’s at stake on Super Tuesday?
Every state has a certain number of delegates to allocate, determined by factors including how big the state is, how Democratic it leans, when it votes, and whether it votes with its neighbors.
On Tuesday, 1,357 pledged delegates, accounting for 35% of all the delegates allotted throughout the Democratic nomination process, will be allocated from 14 states and one US territory, and from Democrats living abroad:
- Vermont allocates 16 pledged delegates to the convention, or 0.4% of the total.
- Virginia allocates 99 pledged delegates to the convention, or 2.3% of the total.
- North Carolina allocates 110 pledged delegates to the convention, or 2.8% of the total.
- Alabama allocates 52 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 1.4% of the total delegates allocated throughout the primary.
- Maine allocates 24 pledged delegates to the convention, or 0.6% of the total.
- Massachusetts allocates 91 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 2.3% of the total.
- Oklahoma allocates 37 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.9% of the total.
- Tennessee allocates 64 pledged delegates to the convention, or 1.6% of the total.
- Texas allocates 228 pledged delegates to the convention, accounting for 5.7% of the total.
- Arkansas allocates 34 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.8% of the total.
- Colorado allocates 67 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 1.7% of the total.
- Minnesota allocates 75 pledged delegates to the convention, accounting for 1.9% of the total.
- Utah allocates 29 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.7% of the total.
- California allocates 415 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 10.7% of the total. Polls closed at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET), but final results may be delayed for days as officials count mail-in and absentee ballots.
- American Samoa allocates six pledged delegates to the convention. Because American Samoa is six hours behind ET, we won’t have results until Wednesday afternoon.
- Democrats abroad vote absentee March 3-10 and account for 13 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.3% of total delegates.
Democrats allocate most of their pledged delegates proportionally by legislative district, in addition to allocating at-large and PLEO (party leader and elected official) delegates based on the statewide vote breakdown.
Most states allocate their delegates by congressional districts, but some, like Texas and New Jersey, use state legislative districts instead.
While delegates are allocated proportionally, in nearly every state the minimum threshold to earn delegates is 15% of the vote. This means candidates must break 15% of the vote at either the district or state level to earn any delegates.
At the convention, a candidate will be nominated when they earn a simple majority of 1,991 out of 3,979 total pledged delegates.
Who did the polling say was ahead in each state?
According to FiveThirtyEight’s averages of the latest polling data, Sen. Bernie Sanders led the polls in California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and his home state of Vermont.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s primary election forecast, Biden was projected to win the most delegates in Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Sanders was projected to win the most delegates in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maine, Utah, and Vermont, while neither Bloomberg nor Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was projected to win the most delegates in any state.
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