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The March 10th Primaries: Everything You Need to Know

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By Robin Zabiegalski

On Tuesday, March 10th, voters in six more states head to the polls to cast their votes in the primary elections.

After a disappointing performance on Super Tuesday, it's crucial that Bernie Sanders does well in Tuesday's primaries. Joe Biden is hoping to continue the momentum that started in South Carolina and continued on Super Tuesday into Tuesday's primaries.

Which states are voting on Tuesday? How many delegates are up for grabs? What are the polls saying ahead of the primaries? Here's everything you need to know.

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Which States Are Voting on Tuesday?

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The six states voting on Tuesday are Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho, and North Dakota.

There's been a lot of talk about how important Michigan is to the Democratic race. Michigan has the most delegates of any of the states voting on Tuesday, and it's a battleground state in the general election.

In 2016, Sanders won Michigan, but Michigan went for Trump in the general election. The Democratic nominee will need to clinch Michigan to win the general election, so who wins the primary says a lot about the general election.

With the coronavirus outbreak in Washington, there are questions about how primary turnout will be impacted. Luckily, Washington is a mail-in ballot state, so voters may not miss their opportunity to vote.

How Many Delegates Are Available on Tuesday?

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Though there aren't nearly as many delegates up for grabs on Tuesday as there were on Super Tuesday, there's still a good chunk of delegates available. The candidates will be fighting for their share of 325 delegates in Tuesday's election.

Michigan is the biggest prize with 125 delegates. Washington comes in second with 89 delegates, followed by Missouri with 68, Mississippi with 36, Idaho with 20, and North Dakota with 14. The top three states make up 80% of the available delegates.

What's the Current Delegate Count?

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In order to win the Democratic nomination outright, one candidate needs to get 1,991 delegates during the primary elections. If none of the candidates get 1,991 delegates during the primary elections, then the nominee is decided at the Democratic National Convention.

As the race stands right now, 37% of the total delegates have been allocated, and both Sanders and Biden have a chance to reach the 1,991 delegate requirement.

Biden is currently in the lead with 664 delegates, but Sanders isn't far behind with 573 delegates. The delegates available on Tuesday may even out the race or they may increase Biden's lead.

What Are the Polls Saying?

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As Super Tuesday demonstrated, anything can happen with these primary elections. Until the day before Super Tuesday, Sanders was expected to win big, but the day definitely went to Biden instead. So, there's no way to know what will happen at the polls on Tuesday.

That being said, the polls are predicting another big day for Biden. Polls published in Detroit News show that Biden already has a lead over Sanders in the absentee votes. Another poll showed that Biden was leading in Michigan with 51% of the vote.

Biden is also expected to perform well in Mississippi because of the support he's had from Black voters. A recent poll in Missouri showed that he had a slight lead over Sanders there as well.

One recent poll showed that Sanders has a slight lead in Washington, but another poll had Biden in the lead. Sanders is expected to do well in Idaho and North Dakota, both of which he won in 2016.

That's everything we know for now. As we said, anything can happen, so make sure to check back for our coverage of the primary results tomorrow night.

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