Dear DNC Member,
Again happy Super Tuesday! Please find below an additional update from Muthoni and our DNC Political Team.
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to my office.
Democratic National Committee
Good Afternoon --
Voting is well underway in all 16 Super Tuesday contests. Our sisters and brothers in parts of Nashville and central Tennessee were hit by a tornado early this morning, and they are in our thoughts and prayers. As a reminder, polls will begin closing at 7:00 p.m. ET in some East Coast primaries, and the last poll in the West will close at 11:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST. We expect results late into the evening and in the coming days, as there are states that have a large number of vote-by-mail ballots. After polls close and elections authorities report results, media outlets will begin making delegate projections based on the statewide and district results.
A tornado struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee earlier today. As of this afternoon, 22 people were killed, others were injured and 50,000 households and businesses were left without power. We have been in touch with the Tennessee Democratic Party and local electeds. We are monitoring the situation and will share updates.
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Our Voter Protection Hotline is up and running if you have any questions, concerns, or issues while casting your ballot. Give us a call at 833-336-VOTE (8683).
What to look for?
Maine is one of four states holding a primary today that was previously a caucus state. Maine’s primary is open to registered Democrats only, but voters may register and vote the same day in person at their polling location. Counties to pay attention to today: Cumberland, Penobscot, Androscoggin. Polls will close at 8:00 p.m. ET.
This primary is semi-closed, meaning Democrats and undeclared voters only may cast votes in this contest. In 2016, 1,220,296 voters participated in the Massachusetts Democratic primary. Massachusetts awards 91 pledged delegates. Polls close statewide at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Polls close at 7 p.m. ET. The Vermont primary is open, meaning voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. In 2016, 135,256 voters participated in the Vermont Democratic primary.
Polls close at 7:30 p.m. ET. This primary is semi-closed, meaning Democrats and undeclared voters only may cast votes in this contest. In 2016, 1,142,916 voters participated in the North Carolina Democratic primary. Over 500,000 Democrats have already voted, breaking 2008 records and representing 125 percent of the 2016 turnout, according to the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Polls close at 7 p.m. ET. The Virginia primary is open, meaning voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. In 2016, 785,041 people participated in the Virginia Democratic primary.
Voters in Virginia Alabama
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Polls close at 7 p.m.. CT. The Alabama primary is open, meaning voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. In 2016, 399,889 Alabamians participated in the Alabama Democratic primary. Key counties to pay attention to: Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.
The Arkansas primary is open, meaning voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. Polls close at 7:30 p.m.CT. In 2016, 221,020 voters participated in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Key counties to pay attention to: St. Francis, Lee, Union, Monroe, Cross, Chicot, Bradely, Jefferson and Drew will tell a lot regarding African American turnout. African American turnout in this area is critical, as well as several suburban swing districts.
This primary is semi-closed, meaning Democrats and undeclared voters may cast votes in this contest. In 2016, 335,843 voters participated in the Oklahoma primary. As of this morning, a little over 51,000 ballots had been cast. Polls close at 7 p.m. CT.
Tennessee utilizes an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. However, voters must affiliate with a party at the primary polling location or declare their allegiance to the party. Due to the tornado, the polling locations and operating times are subject to change in Wilson, Putnam, and Davidson Counties. Polling locations in these counties will close at 7 p.m. CST, losing one hour of operating time. The Tennessee Democratic Party is working with the Tennessee Secretary of State Office to secure an additional hour for voters. This is a fluid situation; more details will be provided as they become available.
Polls close at 8 p.m. CT. The Minnesota primary is open, meaning voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. Minnesota is one of the four states that converted from a caucus in 2016 to a primary in 2020. In 2016, 207,109 people participated in the Minnesota caucus. After switching to a presidential primary, 82,000 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party absentee ballots have already been requested, compared to roughly 12,000 Republican ballots.
Polls close at 7 p.m.CT. The Texas primary is open, meaning voters of any political affiliation may cast votes. In 2016, 1,435,895 people participated in the Texas Democratic primary. More than one million Texas Democrats have voted early, surpassing 2016 early-vote returns. This year, according to the Texas Democratic Party, in the 15 most populous counties, over 200,000 more Democrats have voted than Republicans.
Expect an update later this evening after the first polls have closed.