Tuesday primaries 2016: Which states are voting, Democratic, Republican delegates, polling start time etc
Tuesday seem to hold the greatest importance when it comes to primaries and caucuses. We already have seen two Super Tuesdays deciding the future of both Republican and Democratic partiesâ€™ presidential hopefuls.
The third major Tuesday of primaries is tomorrow and all eyes are fixated as to what will happen and which way the wind will blow. If Donald Trump does overwhelmingly well in the six states going to polls tomorrow, he will virtually seal the nomination process.
Trump is ahead of his competitors now. He has won a total of 457 delegates in his kitty compared to 365 of Ted Cruz and 159 of Marco Rubio. Latest polls suggest that Donald Trump is slated to win the Florida primary too. If this happens, Marco Rubioâ€™s dreams of entering the White House will be crushed forever. There are people who have been asking him to drop out of the race before the inevitable loss of face in case of primary drubbing in Florida itself.
There are 99 delegates on offer in the Florida primary. According to a Quinnipiac poll, trump is up by more than 20 points over the Florida senator. According to Rubio, the polling is not accurate and on Sunday he told George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” that â€œsome pollster will have to explainâ€ why they got his numbers in Florida so wrong after he wins the state. Rubio points to his support in the Hispanic community, especially Cuban immigrants like his parents. According to a story from Politico, 62 percent of the Hispanic voters likely to participate in the Florida Republican primary say they will vote for Rubio.
There have been instances when polls were defied. Ted Cruz won Iowa despite trailing behind Donald Trump in polls. The same happened in Michigan where Bernie Sanders amazed everyone by winning the state.
This Tuesday is even more important than the last. Six states and a U.S. territory will be voting Tuesday â€“ Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri and the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands vote is a Republican vote only.
Republican delegates on offer
Florida primary: 99 delegates
Illinois primary: 69 delegates
Missouri primary: 52 delegates
North Carolina primary: 72 delegates
Northern Marianas caucuses: 9 delegates
Ohio primary: 66 delegates
Democratic delegates on offer
There are 780 Democratic delegates at stake. Hereâ€™s the breakdown.
Florida: 246 delegates
Illinois: 182 Democratic delegates
Missouri: 71 delegates
North Carolina: 122 delegates
Ohio: 159 delegates