It's Super Tuesday. Did you vote? Can you vote? Luckily (and despite what some pundits may say) it's unlikely that the Democratic contest will be decided today, which is good news for the candidates and their unexpected endorsements, like Barack Obama (The Grateful Dead ) and Hillary Clinton (Jenna Jameson). But some are still confused about today's political process in the first place so we decided to provide a couple of questions (and answers!) after the jump.
Question: Isn't it usually over by now? Why do I keep hearing that the Republican race is probably going to be over but not the Democratic one? Answer: While the Republicans' insistence on winner-take-all primaries may result in a definitive front-runner after their 21 contests today, the proportional awarding of delegates designed by the Democratic Party means that neither Clinton nor Obama are likely to come out far ahead in the delegate race in the 22 Democratic contests being held today.
This means that the late-voting states' Democratic voters (but not their Republican ones) will be able to influence the party's choice of a candidate more than initially expected. (Late voting states include Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington and Ohio.) Paradoxically, Michigan and Florida moved their primaries despite DNC rules and warnings that it would cost them their delegates at the convention in order to have more influence over the process and ended up with none, while relatively red states like Virginia will actually have more power than anyone expected.
Question: Who do I vote for? And where?
Answer: Need some information about how or where to vote in your state's primaries? The League of Women Voters has tons of information to help. (Are you an American expat in Indonesia? Sorry, Obama already "won".) And, in the meantime, contemplate the above image of intra-party affection and hug your opponent's supporter today.
A Super Guide For Super Tuesday [CNN]
Related:Obama The Choice Of Democrats In Indonesia [CNN]
Grateful Dead And Deadheads Reunite For Obama [Reuters]
Who Said: "The Clinton Administration Was The Best Years For The Adult Industry, And I Wish That Clinton Would Run Again?" [Politico]
Vote411.org [League of Women Voters]