March 3, 2020:
A total of 1,344 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention
will be awarded based upon today's voting in the presidential primaries
Prior to today, votes have been cast only in four smaller states on separate days in February. Today's contests are on a much larger scale including California, Texas, and a dozen other states (plus American Samoa). When the voting is finished tonight, states holding roughly 40% of the U.S. population will have voted and 38% of all Democratic pledged delegates will have been selected.
To win the Democratic nomination on the first ballot, a candidate must win a majority of the pledged delegates — a total of 1,991 delegates. If no candidate wins a majority, then 771 superdelegates will vote starting on the second ballot. These delegates consist of party leaders and elected officials. Superdelegates are not formally pledged to any candidate and their participation would mean a brokered convention. The last time that happened was in 1952.
Finally, while today is hailed by political junkies as Super Tuesday, it's important to remember that it is really the culmination of an ongoing process. Ten states began their voting prior to the Nevada caucuses and three more began voting before the South Carolina primary.
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