U.S. map locating states holding Republican presidential primaries or caucuses on March 6, Super Tuesday, with chart showing delegates held to date by the leading candidates for the GOP nomination. (Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus 2012)
Super Tuesday occurs once in every presidential primary election in either February or March. On this day, the highest numbers of delegates are up for grabs. This year, 410 delegates are on the line for the Republican candidates from 10 states: Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Alaska's two-week long caucus.
“I’m sure the candidates are on the edge of their seats. This is a big determining factor for the next Republican candidate in the next presidential election,” stated Jody Georgianna, senior at Granite Hills.
Ohio is a very symbolic state and its 63 delegates are sought after by the Republican candidates. Ohio's cultural, ideological, religious, and morally diverse population is a very tough state to win. The candidate to win Ohio would prove that he is a well-rounded and appealing candidate.
“I think all the candidates are eager for today’s elections and ready to see who comes out on top,” stated Jed Hackett, freshman at Granite Hills.
Usually in the past, the results of Super Tuesday would pre-determine who would win the Republican presidential candidacy, but due to this year's heated competition and what appears to be see-saw like popularity among the Republican candidates, especially between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the importance of primary elections are projected to extend well into late spring.
According to the New York Times, Romney is leading all Republican candidates with 180 delegates, with Santorum behind him with 90 delegates, followed by Newt Gingrich with 29 and Ron Paul with 23. A total of 1144 delegates are needed in order to win the Republican presidential candidacy.
“Romney will get the delegates he needs, but he still won’t beat Obama,” stated Diane Wagner, staff member at Granite Hills.
Last week, Romney barely won his home state of Michigan with only 3 percent more votes than Santorum, thus adding 16 more delegates under his belt. Romney also won the Arizona primary elections the same day, adding another 29 delegates to his name. On March 3, Romney won the Washington caucus, once again increasing his delegate count by 30.
The next caucuses would be held in Kansas, Guam territory, and the Virgin Islands on March 10. 67 delegates will be available for acquisition that day.