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5 Things to Watch on Super Tuesday

BEDFORD, NH - FEBRUARY 9: Voters head to the polling booths inside the Bedford High school, February 9, 2016 in Bedford, New Hampshire.  (Photos by Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
BEDFORD, NH – FEBRUARY 9: Voters head to the polling booths inside the Bedford High school, February 9, 2016 in Bedford, New Hampshire.
(Photos by Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Everything before Tuesday has been a scrimmage.

Super Tuesday is the biggest day yet in the 2016 race for the White House, with states from Alaska to Georgia weighing in on the contest for both parties’ nomination.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton begin the day as the frontrunners, but their challengers are working against history and math alike to suggest that they could upend the race.

Indeed, an abacus might be the most useful tool available to them on a day that is giving states in the Mountain West, the South and New England a chance to offer views. It is essentially the closest thing to a national election that the country will see before November.

The race for each party’s nomination is now boiling down to simple addition, with Trump and Clinton ahead in the race for delegates, the party insiders who will officially pick the nominees when they have conventions. Establishment Republicans are looking to derail Trump’s coronation in Cleveland, while Democrats were still unsure if Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could make a final stand before Philadelphia.

With Trump coming off three consecutive victories and Clinton pulling away from Sanders after a landslide victory in South Carolina, the high-stakes primaries that will help decide the nomination for both candidates. For Republicans, 661 delegates are at stake out of 1,237 needed to win, and for Democrats, 865 delegates out of 2,383. Their opponents see a crucial—and perhaps final—chance to reverse the frontrunners’ momentum.

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