Super Tuesday and its super amount of delegates

Candidates need a majority of the party's delegates to become the party's nominee.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Super Tuesday got its nickname for being the day when the largest number of states hold primary elections or caucuses. It’s also a critical day for candidates because it’s their biggest chance to secure delegates.

“Up to this point we’ve had nothing approaching a national primary,” Director of Polling Institute at WNEU Tim Vercellotti said. “And that’s what we have coming up today, Super Tuesday.”

Vercellotti told 22News Super Tuesday won’t decide the presidential nominee on either side, but will clarify how long before that is decided. If the contests remain close, we could be waiting until July to see who the nominees are during the nominating conventions.

In order to become a nominee for their particular party, a candidate must get the majority of the delegates. In Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, there are 116 up for grabs for Democratic candidates and 42 for the Republicans.

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont,  Virginia, and Massachusetts will hold contests for both the Republican and Democratic parties on Super Tuesday. In addition to that, there will also be a Republican caucus in Alaska and Democratic caucuses in Colorado and American Samoa.

Voters in western Massachusetts told 22News about what issues they will focus on when they cast their votes.

“I think really the health care issue is a big thing,” said Vincent Govoni of Agawam. “So many Americans still don’t have healthcare and I think they really need to do something about that.”

Another big day in the primary race comes March 15 when Ohio, Florida and North Carolina will be among the states voting.

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