What to Watch on This Super Tuesday

Huge portion of delegates up for grabs as 15 states, one territory vote
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2024 1:30 AM CST
What to Know Heading Into Super Tuesday
Derrick Morrissette, a maintenance worker for the Brattleboro, Vt., Department of Public Works, helps assemble the voting booths as people turn a section of the American Legion lodge into the town's polling location on Monday, March 4, 2024, before Tuesday's election.   (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Another Super Tuesday is upon us. Fifteen states and one US territory vote on this, the biggest voting day of the 2024 presidential primary season, and while the overall picture of what's to come is fairly predictable—President Biden and former President Trump will most likely continue what appears to be their inevitable march toward a rematch—there are still questions to be answered and insights to be gleaned. A look at the coverage surrounding Tuesday's contests:

  • 3 questions the day might answer: That's how USA Today frames its preview of Super Tuesday, and those questions are: Will Nikki Haley drop out if she fails to score any big wins? Will Trump start moving more toward the center if he does score a number of big wins, in a bid to court more moderates and independents in the general election? The third question wonders who will advance in California Senate race, in which a number of big names are running for Dianne Feinstein's old seat.

  • The day's "storylines:" That's one of the topics in CNN's preview, and, in addition to the question of what will become of Haley (which is raised in almost every outlet's Super Tuesday preview), the other storyline mentioned is Biden's "wake-up call" in Michigan, where he lost two delegates to "uncommitted," the option more than 100,000 Democrat voters chose as a way of protesting Biden's Israel policy.
  • Something else the day could offer: While much of the situation may seem predictable, the Hill points out that "the results could provide insights on [Biden's and Trump's] strengths and weaknesses in certain states and voting blocs as the two frontrunners hurtle toward the general election."
  • Big-picture reading: NPR offers a look at some of the historical and big-picture context around Super Tuesday, and one of the points it makes is that since most delegates are awarded in a winner-take-all method, a frontrunner could gain an "insurmountable lead" on Super Tuesday.
  • The nitty-gritty: CBS News offers a rundown of all the voting hours state by state and how to watch coverage of the results. Regardless of how any of the candidates do, no one is likely to get enough delegates to clinch their party's nomination until contests on March 12 or 19.
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