Here’s What to Know Before Super Tuesday

NATIONWIDE — Super Tuesday is the biggest day of the primary election calendar when 14 states vote on the Democratic presidential nominee. There is a lot up for grabs, namely 1,344 delegates. It will take 1,991 to win and take on President Donald Trump.

Democrats have won 155 delegates. Vermont’s Bernie Sanders leads with 60 delegates, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 54, Senator Elizabeth Warren has eight, Pete Buttigieg had 26, and Senator Amy Klobuchar had seven.

Super Tuesday won’t necessarily determine who will win the Democratic nomination, it has historically been difficult for a poorly performing candidate to rebound. The two largest delegate pools up for grabs Tuesday are California with 415 delegates and Texas 228. 

Here are the Super Tuesday states. 

Depending on the state, polls close between 7 pm and 8 pm local time.


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg have had the widest and most aggressive footprint across the Super Tuesday states, largely because both have the finances to spend. Bloomberg is running ads in all 14 states and Sanders is running ads in 12. Tuesday will be the first time Bloomberg appears on ballots after he skipped the first four voting states. 

Sanders spent the weekend in California, with rallies in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He spent February concentrating on the state and hopes Latino voters will help him win a large portion of the state’s delegates. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spent Monday in California and Joe Biden will be there Tuesday.

Biden is hoping to capitalize on his sweeping victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg who dropped their candidacies are endorsing Biden in his run for the White House. 

Biden’s camp hopes the race becomes a two-person race after Tuesday, which could give him an advantage with Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania up next.


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg bet big on Super Tuesday, more than a half-billion dollars big. He will see if his plan paid off. The billionaire opted not to run in the first four primary states but instead advertised heavily in the states voting Tuesday and others coming up.

His poll numbers have dropped since his first debate appearance and he could drop below the 15% mark in many states.

15% is the share of votes a candidate must receive to win delegates in primary elections. There are five Democrats still in the race so only one or two could get delegates and the rest splitting the remaining vote in the low teens.


Don’t expect an easy “who won” answer Wednesday. California is a little different when it comes to voting. The state counts all ballots cast Tuesday, even if they were put in the mailbox that day. It can take up to a week to get a complete county of votes.

Sanders and his campaign have been encouraging voters to send in ballots early. But while early ballots may favor the Vermont senator, it could be learned that California voters didn’t go all-in for the self-proclaimed democratic socialist. Sanders’ base is made up of young people and Latinos who are more likely to vote at the last minute, so initial results could favor someone else, only to have the final results swing in Sanders’ favor.

Spectrum News 1 has stations in three of the Super Tuesday states, California, Texas, and North Carolina.  You can stay up to date with the results here: