Why Don’t We Have a National Primary?

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I’m in a state that doesn’t vote until later in the spring, so it often feels like the presidential nomination process is long over by the time I get to cast a vote. I’ve seen others ask the question — why don’t we all just vote on the same day — and so I went looking for some answers.

Essentially, beyond the tradition of our primary system, there are some real disadvantages of going that route. One that resonates with me is that to run a 50-state campaign, all at the same time, the nomination would likely go to the person who either had the best name recognition and/or the biggest haul of donations with which to pay for television advertisements.

Here’s a short but helpful video:

Now, back to Super Tuesday. There are still a lot of votes rolling in but the networks did call a number of states last night. A reminder: This only captures which candidate won the most votes in each state, but what really matters is how many delegates each candidate will get.

Alabama – BIDEN
Arkansas – BIDEN
California – SANDERS
Colorado – SANDERS
Maine – (too close to call)
Massachusetts – BIDEN
Minnesota – BIDEN
North Carolina – BIDEN
Oklahoma – BIDEN
Tennessee – BIDEN
Texas – (too close to call)
Utah – SANDERS
Vermont – SANDERS
Virginia – BIDEN

NPR has a terrific chart that shows the percentage of the vote each candidate has gotten so far, the delegates won, and you can click on each state’s name to get more details about vote totals. You can find that HERE.

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