why do they call it super tuesday

Super Tuesday was basically designed to nationalize the message, to try to reduce the influence of the so-called 'Iowa syndrome,' Virginia senator Chuck Robb told Robert MacNeil in an interview on NewsHour following the first Super Tuesday in 1988 [source:
]. Robb, one of the architects of the original mass-primary plan, was looking to offset a lot of the retail politics that come from spread-out primaries. Iowa is one of the first local nominating contests every four years and holds a lot of political influence. Super Tuesday was meant to be a sink-or-swim boot camp for campaigns to determine if they could run a tight race on national issues in a manner that would be required of a candidate once he reached the White House. Super Tuesday was intended to bring out the wholesale politics that affect everyone in the United States: foreign policy, war and the economy.


The Super Tuesday model closely resembles the general election in which each party's candidates will compete the following November. A large swath of voters from a number of states all vote or caucus on the same day. These states are of equal importance, unlike spread-out primary schedules where the most important state is the one that's holding the next primary. and New Hampshire have traditionally been viewed as important states in the primary season because they hold their nominating contests first in the nation. Super Tuesday is important because it's a test of how a candidate plays across a broad spectrum of voters and entire regions. The first region in 1988 was limited to the Southern states, which share a bit in common politically. Some critics of Super Tuesday at the time said it should cover an entire time zone, which features even more diversity among voters.


A large group of states holding primaries on the same day also gives parties an idea of how their candidates compare to those from the rival party. For example, if the Republicans have a front-runner and the Democrats are running a tight race, they can compare the results of the primaries to see which of the Democratic candidates beat the Republican front-runner. Those candidates might do better in a general election and will surely receive more assistance in their campaign for their party's nomination [source: ]. But such a complex contest as Super Tuesday can't help but pose problems. Read about why Super Tuesday can also be Troublesome Tuesday on the next page. Republican voters in Colorado and Wyoming are going to the polls today. Does that mean those states are voting? It depends on who s counting. counts 661 Republican delegates at stake today, as do and.


Other outlets, including, and our sister site, count 595 delegates at stake. The 66-delegate difference is made up of 37 Colorado delegates and 29 from Wyoming. The state Republican parties in both and are holding caucuses today, but neither one directly, immediately determines how many delegates each candidate will get. Instead, Republicans in each state will vote today for delegates to conventions at the county level in Wyoming, at the state level in Colorado. Those delegates may have stated preferences for a particular presidential candidate, but they are free to change their vote. So the Colorado and Wyoming delegates are known as unbound. The Republican parties in and arenБt going to poll voters on their preferred candidate, so we won t know who won the states. Colorado s Democrats are also caucusing today, but Wyoming s Democrats don t caucus until April 9.


So if you see different counts of states voting today, Wyoming is probably the culprit. There s also some more confusion on the Democratic side. ABC and CNN say 1,015 Democratic delegates are up for grabs. Politico and NPR say 865,. The difference here isn t states, but the 150 superdelegates tied to the states voting today. Superdelegates are party insiders who might be influenced by the results today but they re also known as unpledged delegates so they aren t really at stake. Unfortunately, we re not quite done tallying the confusion. The Times and the say 1,034 Democratic delegates are at stake. That s 19 more even than the counts that include superdelegates. The difference is mainly due to that starts today but ends a week from today among Democratic U. S. citizens living abroad. That vote will determine 13 delegates. There are also eight superdelegates affiliated with the Global Presidential Primary the eight members of the Democratic National Committee from Democrats Abroad.


They re really only semi-super: Their votes count for half as much as those of the other superdelegates. So the Democrats Abroad constituency accounts for 17 of the 19-delegate gap. We re still missing the other two. It turns out that discrepancy results from differences in counts of superdelegates in Colorado, American Samoa, Tennessee and Texas. The counts one fewer superdelegate from American Samoa than, while counting one more each from Colorado, Tennessee and Texas. What gives? Superdelegate counts are. Superdelegates are people, generally officeholders or DNC members. Death, incapacitation or removal from office could throw off the counts. Don t get too bothered about that tonight, because they re unpledged anyway.