March 1 – better known this year as “Super Tuesday” – could be a turning point for the 2016 presidential elections. Although everyone is talking about Super Tuesday, not everyone knows exactly what it is. Here’s a quick run-down for those of us who are, erm, less politically-inclined.
Super Tuesday is today. Are you ready?
Thirteen states are holding primaries on Super Tuesday this year, including Virginia.
A recent NPR article states millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) are now the largest generation in the country. The same article cites Virginia as No. 7 out of the top 10 states where young people could potentially sway the vote. With Virginia’s millennial population of 1.2 million – 21.3 percent of the Va. population – every young person’s vote matters.
If you aren’t registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary, register now (it’s free!) so you’re prepared for November. If you are registered but don’t know your polling place, you can look it up here, or text “VA” to 82623 to find out where you need to go.
Remember to bring a government issued or student ID with you when you vote on Tuesday.
The VCU political science department is also hosting a Super Tuesday Election Day Festival all day in the student commons on Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m. There will be transportation available to local polling places, puppies from the Richmond SPCA and a C-SPAN bus.
Okay, okay, so who’s still in the running for the Republicans?
Donald Trump has built serious momentum after consecutive wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. A recent CNU poll indicates he may win Virginia this Tuesday as well. Nationally, Trump is favored to win eight out of 12 available primaries Tuesday, according to polling data collected by Real Clear Politics.
What about Clinton and Sanders?
Hillary Clinton is facing a similar opportunity. Clinton’s claimed victory over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s South Carolina primary vote, although the exact allocation of delegates is still being processed. Clinton is slated to win another 10 of the 12 Super Tuesday states, which would leave Sanders with a lot of difficult ground to reclaim for the nomination.