Super Tuesday Offers 419 Delegates for GOP Presidential Candidates

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GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich at a Republican presidential debate in Mesa, AZ. on Feb. 22, 2012.
Source: Thomas M. Defrank, Alison Gendar, and Jonathan Lemire, “GOP Rivals Pile up on Santorum at Arizona Debate,” www.nydailynews.com, Feb. 22, 2012

On Super Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012, voters in 10 states can help the Republican presidential candidates gain some of the 419 delegates up for grabs that day. The New York Times reports that currently Mitt Romney has 167 delegates, Rick Santorum has 87, Newt Gingrich has 32, and Ron Paul has 19.

States holding Republican primaries on that day include: Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Georgia offers the most delegates on Super Tuesday with 76. Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul will appear on Virginia’s ballot because late filings by the Gingrich and Santorum campaigns disqualified the candidates from the contest.

Republican caucuses will also take place on Mar. 6 in Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota. The delegates from North Dakota’s caucus are not officially awarded to a candidate until the state’s party convention on Mar. 30.

Between Super Tuesday and the end of March, voters in Kansas, Alabama, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, and Louisiana, respectively, will also have a chance to cast a ballot. The delegate-rich state of Texas (155) is scheduled to follow on Apr. 3, 2012, but its primary may be rescheduled due to a redistricting lawsuit.

To win the nomination race, a Republican candidate must capture 1,144 delegates. If a candidate is unable to clinch that amount during the primaries and caucuses, the nominee will be decided at the Republican National Convention, which convenes this year on Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, FL.

Sources:

“2012 Primary Schedule,” www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com (accessed Feb. 27, 2012)

Michael D. Shear, “As Super Tuesday Nears, a Focus on Delegates,” thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com, Feb. 27, 2012

Stephen Ohlemacher, “GOP Delegates Race on Pace for Summer Fight,” www.huffingtonpost.com, Feb. 29, 2012