Alabama now in the thick of Super Tuesday delegate grab
Super Tuesday is one of the biggest political days of the nomination process – and Alabama is now right in the thick of it.
Both Marco Rubio and Donald Trump stopped by the Huntsville area this weekend, so it’s easy to feel pretty important to the process right now. But in terms of delegate math, WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown said, “We’re just not a big cheese.”
For the GOP, candidates can grab up to 50 delegates. That’s 2% of the national total, 4% of the amount you need to win the nomination, and 8% of the 661 Super Tuesday delegates.
In short, we’re dwarfed by other states.
“We’re not a big delegate state. Texas and Georgia have far more delegates,” Brown said.
On the other side of the aisle, the same story holds true, though, it’s a little harder to quantify because of the Democrat’s super delegate system.
Alabama offers candidates 53 delegates out of 4051 total elected delegates. It’s also 6% of the Dem’s Super Tuesday total of 859.
For his part, Brown thinks the state’s votes might get more attention if Alabama pushed back in the process.
“Frankly, Alabama would actually be better positioned if we were March 15th and made everything winner-take-all, like Florida has done.”
It’s subjective though, and largely depends on the qualities of the race. Plus, keeping a region aligned can also help attract candidates.
“You don’t really have a southern regional primary, but you come very close on March 1st. If you want to make sure there’s a southern regional primary, if that’s your focus, then you can argue there’s some success here.”
Of course, it’s important to remember that your voice is your voice — and you should never let a math equation convince you not to use it.
For the Republicans, Brown says he wants to see how many candidates can cross the 20% threshold required to get delegates.
For Democrats, he wants to see if Bernie Sanders can keep it close with Clinton, who is heavily favored in the South.