As March approaches, a clearer picture of the American primaries is forming. The race for the republican nomination is now between 5 candidates, while the democratic battle is between just 2. Next Tuesday, March 1st, is nicknamed “Super Tuesday” because of its critical role in determining the results of the primary elections. 12 states will hold cast votes for candidates, and Democrats abroad (including myself) will get to cast their votes. So far, 103 democratic and 125 republican delegates have been assigned. On Super Tuesday, 641 additional republican and 1093 democratic delegates will be assigned. The huge number of delegates is a result of the number of states voting and the large number of delegates assigned to each state (larger states are assigned more delegates). Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton lead their respective parties in delegates at the moment, but Tuesday’s contests could change that.
National security remains a hugely important issue for both parties. Democrats additionally are debating Wall Street regulations, and Sanders and Clinton are fighting for votes from groups such as Latinos, women, and younger people. The Republican Party is increasingly concerned with Donald Trump’s success and hosts another debate about key issues tonight. This election season continues to be unconventional for many reasons, and it’s likely that more surprises lie ahead.