What Is Super Tuesday?

ELLE's Politics Editor Ellie Gellard explains


It’s raining, grey and – well – it’s Tuesday. Not feeling that super so far?

Across the pond in the US of A, the race to become the next president is reaching fever pitch.

Today is the most important day of the entire primary campaign. By the end of it, we’ll get a very good idea as to who will be going head to head in the battle for the White House come November.

‘Super Tuesday’ is so called because today is when the most delegates are up for grabs on a single day. Delegates are elected to represent a specific candidate at each party’s national convention (or conference) in July, where the candidate with the most delegates wins.


Every State in the USA has a primary race. The States in play today – either on the Democrat or Republican side (or both) - include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. The greatest prize of all is Texas, where most delegates are for the taking.

So who’s in the running?

In the Blue Corner (Democrats)

Hillary Clinton – has the CV of dreams (former Secretary of State) and is running to make history (or herstory) as the first female candidate for President. Full disclosure: #ImWithHer


Bernie Sanders – we’ve seen him before , an outsider' who has only been in politics for more than 30 years. He is a hit with young people, calling on them to be part of a 'revolution' in politics. He’s doing well, but probably not well enough.

In the Red Corner (Republicans)

Donald J Trump – what to say? He’s the front-runner who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the USA, called for a wall to be built between Mexico and the US and – delightfully – suggested a female journalist who challenged him did so because she was on her period. Incredibly, these (orchestrated) outbursts have resulted in him topping the polls in all but one of the States they’re fighting for today.


Marco Rubio – The son of Cubans who came to America, he is anti-abortion and thinks States should make their own rules on gay marriage, rather than it being legal nationwide. Rubio supports offering a legal status to immigrants who came to America unlawfully. He would probably be the most trouble for the Democrats, as he could appeal to voters who are undecided between both parties.

Ted Cruz – The Evangelical Texan has to win Texas today. If not, he’ll probably be out of the race.

Dr Ben Carson – winning this campaign shouldn’t be brain surgery – but this brain surgeon hasn’t figured it out yet.

John Kasich -  he’s refused to enter into the mud-slinging and low-blows which have come to represent this race. As such, he’s pretty much dead in the water.


So, by the end of Super Tuesday (probably Wednesday our time) we will get a sense of two major things:

1. How likely it’ll be that the Democrats will nominate the first ever female candidate to become President of the United States.

2. How likely it’ll be that Donald J Trump will get the chance to become the leader of the free world.

One of those is cause for celebration. The other -  well it might not be such a super Wednesday.


Words by ELLE Politics Editor Ellie Gellard

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