Today, March 3, is Super Tuesday, when 16 Democratic primaries and caucuses happen on the same day. Decision Desk HQ projects that former VP Joe Biden has overwhelmingly won the Virginia primary and will also win Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has so far won Colorado and his home state of Vermont. Polls closed in Colorado at 7 p.m. local time and 9 p.m. Eastern Time and in Minnesota at 8 p.m. local time and 9 p.m. Eastern Time. We're still awaiting full results from Maine, Texas, Alabama, and Massachusetts, where polls closed at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and from Arkansas, where polls closed at 8:30 p.m. Later tonight, polls will close in Utah at 8 p.m. local time and 10 p.m. ET, and in California at 8 p.m. local time and 11 p.m. ET. We're also monitoring important down-ballot US Senate and House races in North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. We'll have up-to-the-minute vote counts and real-time results updating automatically.
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Super Tuesday is by far the biggest day in the Democratic primary process. Follow along for live results here. Here's the current delegate count, including the early results from Super Tuesday states:
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Polls just closed in Colorado at 7 p.m. local time and 9 p.m. Eastern Time and in Minnesota at 8 p.m. local time and 9 p.m. Eastern Time. We're still awaiting full results from Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, and Texas, where polls closed at 8 p.m. ET and from Arkansas, where polls closed at 8:30 p.m. ET. Insider and DDHQ project that former VP Joe Biden will win the Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia presidential primaries. Sen. Bernie Sanders has won Colorado and his home of state of Vermont.
See results for US Senate and US House primaries in Alabama, Texas, and North Carolina here. Decision Desk HQ estimates that Biden has won 58 pledged delegates so far compared to 31 for Sanders and five for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Other than winning the American Samoa caucuses, Mike Bloomberg is having a really bad night so far — Bloomberg spent 50 times as much as Biden in Virginia and still got demolished and Bloomberg seeing disastrous Super Tuesday results in states with early returns after spending a quarter of a billion dollars
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All about Super Tuesday: Everything you need to know about Super Tuesday on March 3, the biggest day in the Democratic primaries Here's how Democrats will elect their presidential nominee over the next several months What's at stake on Super Tuesday? Every state has a certain number of delegates to allocate, determined by factors including how big the state is, how Democratic it leans, when it votes, and whether it votes with its neighbors. On Tuesday, 1,357 pledged delegates, accounting for 35% of all the delegates allotted throughout the Democratic nomination process, will be allocated from 14 states and one US territory, and from Democrats living abroad:
Vermont allocates 16 pledged delegates to the convention, or 0.4% of the total. Polls closed at 7 p.m. ET.
Virginia allocates 99 pledged delegates to the convention, or 2.3% of the total. Polls closed at 7 p.m.
North Carolina allocates 110 pledged delegates to the convention, or 2.8% of the total. Polls close at 7:30 p.m
Alabama allocates 52 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 1.4% of the total delegates allocated throughout the primary. Polls close in most Alabama counties at 8 p.m.
Maine allocates 24 pledged delegates to the convention, or 0.6% of the total. Polls close at 8 p.m.
Massachusetts allocates 91 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 2.3% of the total. Polls close at 8 p.m.
Oklahoma allocates 37 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.9% of the total. Polls close at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).
Tennessee allocates 64 pledged delegates to the convention, or 1.6% of the total. Polls in the Tennessee counties in Central Time close at 7 p.m. and those in Eastern Time close at 8 p.m.
Texas allocates 228 pledged delegates to the convention, accounting for 5.7% of the total. Polls close at 7 p.m. CT.
Arkansas allocates 34 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.8% of the total. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Colorado allocates 67 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 1.7% of the total. Polls close at 7 p.m. CT.
Minnesota allocates 75 pledged delegates to the convention, accounting for 1.9% of the total. Polls close at 8 p.m. CT.
Utah allocates 29 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.7% of the total. Polls close at 8 p.m. MT (10 p.m. ET).
California allocates 415 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 10.7% of the total. Polls close at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET), but final results may be delayed for days as officials count mail-in and absentee ballots.
American Samoa allocates six pledged delegates to the convention. Because American Samoa is six hours behind Eastern Time, we won't have results until Tuesday afternoon.
Democrats abroad vote absentee between March 3 and 10 and account for 13 pledged delegates to the convention, making up 0.3% of total delegates.
Democrats allocate most of their pledged delegates proportionally by legislative district, in addition to allocating at-large and PLEO (party leader and elected official) delegates based on the statewide vote breakdown. Most states allocate their delegates by congressional districts, but some, like Texas and New Jersey, use state legislative districts instead. While delegates are allocated proportionally, in nearly every state the minimum threshold to earn delegates is 15% of the vote. This means candidates must break 15% of the vote at either the district or state level to earn any delegates at all. At the convention, a candidate will be nominated when they earn a simple majority of 1,991 out of 3,979 total pledged delegates. DELEGATE COUNT: Here's who's winning the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination Who does the polling say is ahead in each state? According to FiveThirtyEight's averages of the latest polling data, Sen. Bernie Sanders leads the polls in California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and his home state of Vermont. Sanders is neck-and-neck with former VP Joe Biden in North Carolina polls while Biden and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and have led the few recent polls of Oklahoma. There isn't enough state-level polling data to determine who's leading Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee going into Tuesday. According to FiveThirtyEight's primary election forecast, Biden is projected to win the most delegates in Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Sanders is projected to win the most delegates in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maine, Utah, and Vermont, while neither Bloomberg nor Sen. Elizabeth Warren are projected to win the most delegates in any state. Read more: The 19 election nights you need to know for the 2020 Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and caucuses Here are the last days you can register to vote for the 2020 primary elections in every state and how to do it The current Democratic field would produce the oldest president ever — here are the ages of every candidateJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope