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What is Super Tuesday?

“Super Tuesday” is the term used to describe a Tuesday in early March of a presidential election year when the most states simultaneously hold their primary elections, and the single day when the largest number of nominating delegates can be won. This day is key for presidential candidates, who must do well if they hope to secure their party’s nomination. The phrase “Super Tuesday” was first used during the slate of primary elections that took place in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi on March 8, 1988. Since then, the particular states holding primaries on Super Tuesday has varied from year to year. The 2004 “Super Tuesday” was held on March 2, during which California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont held Democratic primaries, while a caucus was conducted in Minnesota.


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