Super Tuesday is one of the most important event in the run for the presidency. It’s the biggest day of the 2016 primary season, with is set for March 1.
With a lot of Republican candidates like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie falling out of the race, the five remaining candidates participating in Super Tuesday are business mogul Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will face Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Eleven states will take to the poll or caucus for the democratic and republican parties: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. A total of 661 delegates will be awarded on Super Tuesday in the Republican primary, and 880 in the Democratic primary.
Hillary Clinton holds a massive lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in all three southern states by about a 2-to-1 margin, according to NBC news.
The polls, which came out on Sunday, show Clinton leading in seven of the nine states, with 64 percent of the vote among likely primary voters in Georgia, while Sanders has just 30 percent. In Tennessee, Clinton holds 60 percent of the vote to Sanders' 34 percent, a 26-point lead. The former secretary of state leads by 21 points in Texas, with 59 percent to Sanders' 38 percent. The contest will also finally decide whether Bernie Sanders is a winner or a loser.
"If Sanders doesn't win any states outside of Vermont and Massachusetts, start polishing the crown. The coronation is underway for Clinton," states Mark Macias of the NBC.
On the other hand, GOP front runner, Donald Trump is leading in eight of 11 states voting in Super Tuesday, with his rivals struggling to keep up.
The Super Tuesday states in New England, Massachusetts and Vermont, are also handing the business tycoon large victories against his GOP rivals. In Massachusetts, Trump has gained an overwhelming 50 percent of the Republican primary vote.
In Georgia, Trump has support from 30 percent of the voters, followed by Cruz and Rubio tied at 23 percent each; with one more tie of 9 percent, between Dr. Ben Carson and John Kasich. In Tennessee, Trump is leading Cruz by 18 points, 40 percent to 22 percent, while Rubio gets 19 percent, Carson 9 percent and Kasich at 6 percent.
Texas can be a big fish for Ted Cruz, anything less than a win there can finish off his campaign. So far, Cruz has a double-digit lead in his home state; it’s expected he can do well at least in his own territory and keep the contest competitive throughout March.
Super Tuesday could be an essential day for both frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, depending on the number of delegates they secure, their snowballing of victory will continue if they win big.
As for the rest of the candidates, it could be a day that makes or breaks their campaigns, depending on the margin of their losses against the front runners.