DemDaily: The Super Tuesday Turning Point

March 6, 2024

In the most consequential primary of the 2024 presidential election, Joe Biden and Donald Trump swept their respective party primaries with a third of delegates at stake in the 15-state Super Tuesday nominating contest.

The results also cemented the end of former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's campaign. Haley, who won only one state -- Vermont -- announced this morning that she is suspending her campaign.

Tuesday's elections also saw key victories in the first downballot races of 2024 in states including California, North Carolina and Texas.

The purpose of a state primary election or caucus is not to directly elect the presidential nominee, but to determine, based on the percentage of the popular vote received by each candidate, how many state delegates that candidate is awarded to send to the party's national convention. The full body of delegates from each state then votes to officially elect their party's nominee at the convention.

To win their party's nomination, a candidate must receive the majority support of 3,934 delegates for Democrats, and 2,429 delegates for Republicans.

Biden has secured 1,527 delegates of the 1968 needed to secure the Democratic nomination. Trump now has 1031 delegates, less than 200 from the 1215 needed to win the Republican nomination.

Downballot Highlights
California: In the highly competitive open California Senate primary, where all candidates, regardless of party, appear on the same ballot, Congressman Adam Schiff (CD-30) and former Los Angeles Dodgers player Steve Garvey (R), as the top two vote-getters, will now advance to the November election.

With approximately 49% of the vote in, Schiff led the field with 33.4% of the vote, followed by Garvey with 32.5% and Democratic Congresswomen Katie Porter (CD-47) and Barbara Lee (CD-12), at 13.8% and 7.35% respectively.

North Carolina: The 2024 governor race in the Tar Heel State, where Democratic Governor Roy Cooper is term-limited, is one of the most watched statewide elections in the country. Attorney General Josh Stein, who swept the Democratic primary with 59.9%, will face Lt. Governor Mark Robinson, who won the GOP primary with 63.2%.

In the Lt. Governor's contest, Democratic nominee Rachel Hunt will have to wait until the May 14 runoff between Republicans Jim O’Neill and Hal Weatherman to see who she faces in the general election.

Democratic Congressman Jeff Jackson (C-14) handily won the Democratic primary for Attorney General with 54.9% and will face GOP nominee Congressman Dan Bishop CD-8) in November.

Texas: Congressman Colin Allred (CD-32) easily won the Democratic primary for US Senate to challenge two-term US Senator Ted Cruz. Alfred secured 58.8% of the vote, followed by Roland Gutierrez with 16.7% and 24.5% chose Other in the seven-person primary.

Next Up! March 6 Hawaii Democratic Presidential Caucus. See: The DemList Presidential Primary Calendar

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Sources: Ballotpedia, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Guardian

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