What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

On March 3, 2020, 14 states will hold their primary elections on “Super Tuesday.” Chris Cillizza explains why Super Tuesday exists — and why it’s especially crucial this election cycle.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
Here’s how each state decides its delegates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-each-state-decides-2020-presidential-delegates-for-democrats-2020-1.

The strange and crucially important order of the Democratic primary states, explained
https://www.vox.com/2020/1/27/20686864/democratic-primary-calendar-2020-iowa-super-tuesday.

The strange and crucially important order of the Democratic primary states, explained
https://www.vox.com/2020/1/27/20686864/democratic-primary-calendar-2020-iowa-super-tuesday.

Why California leapfrogged the 2020 primary schedule
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/19/politics/california-primary-2020-iowa/index.html.

California’s primary looms large — just like state officials had hoped
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/10/california-primary-bloomberg-sanders-2020-112958.

The Battle for California’s 20 Million Voters Came Early This Year
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/us/politics/michael-bloomberg-california.html.

Sanders surges into lead in California: poll
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/480242-sanders-surges-into-lead-in-california.

Bernie Sanders takes wide lead in California primary, new poll finds
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-02-18/california-poll-democratic-presidential-primary-ppic.

Bloomberg drops $124 million on ads in Super Tuesday states. Rivals go on the attack
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-02-17/bloomberg-presidential-campaign-super-tuesday-colorado.

Joe Biden dealt major blow by fifth-place finish in New Hampshire
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/11/joe-biden-new-hampshire-campaign-2020.

Bernie Sanders’s Super Tuesday problem
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/483386-bernie-sanderss-super-tuesday-problem.

Will black voters save Joe Biden?
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-02-12/will-black-voters-save-joe-biden.

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