Tuesday’s primary, with so much at stake, is destined to be critical for both party’s presidential candidates.
Five states and one territory, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, and the Northern Mariana Islands all hold their primary voting polls tomorrow, March 15th, and there are lots of important delegates up for grabs.
- Florida primary – 246 Democratic delegates, 99 Republican
- Illinois primary – 182 Democratic delegates, 69 Republican
- Missouri primary – 84 Democratic delegates, 52 Republican
- North Carolina primary – 121 Democratic delegates, 72 Republican
- Ohio primary – 159 Democratic delegates, 66 Republican
- Northern Mariana Islands Republican caucus primary – 9 delegates
This day marks a change in the rules, however. Tomorrow is the first time in the race that Republican candidates can receive all of a states delegates, particularly in Florida, Missouri, and Ohio, which are considered “winner-take-all” states. All primaries to this point in the race have awarded delegates proportionately, with the most popular candidate receiving the most delegates.
1,058 delegates are on the line for the Republican and Democratic parties combined. Including the unpledged, or super delegates, that total rises to 1,160. These delegates represent big ramifications for both sides.
On the Republican side, this may be the last chance for candidates Marco Rubio, and John Kasich to stand in the way of Donald Trump’s path to presidential nomination. If Kasich and Rubio aren’t able to take their home states of Ohio and Florida respectively, it could be all but the end of their campaigns. According to the Associated Press, the billionaire currently holds 460 delegates, which is nearly 100 over second place Ted Cruz. Rubio sits in third with 163 delegates, and Kasich holds only 63 delegates. 1,237 delegates are needed for Republican nomination.
On the Democratic side, this could be Bernie Sanders’ last opportunity to get back in the race against Hilary Clinton. With Clinton almost guaranteed to take both southern states, Florida and North Carolina, Sanders needs to take manufacturing-heavy Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois to keep his chances alive. Clinton hopes to sweep the south and give Bernie the knock-out blow before the race shifts west, where Sanders expects to be much more of a formidable foe. According to the Associated Press, the former Vermont senator holds 576 delegates, while the former secretary of state stands at 1,231. 2,383 delegates are needed for Democratic nomination.
How will tomorrow’s Super Tuesday 3 affect our local Pennsylvania primary election on April 26th? Will it be a one man race in the Republican Party in six weeks? Will Bernie Sanders pull another upset out of his bag of tricks or will Hilary Clinton pull too far ahead?