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Super Duper Tuesday 2008

Super Duper Tuesday 2008

What became known as 'Super-Duper Tuesday' was held on February 5th. Previous to this primary season in election year, the key day was known as 'Super Tuesday' and was invariably held in March. The fact that the date moved to February gives an indication of how important some states saw their primaries. 'Super-Duper Tuesday' had primaries in 22 states - though some were single party primaries. The most important primaries on 'Super-Duper Tuesday' were held in California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Georgia - states that returned more than 100 delegates each.

California: 441 delegates

New York: 281 delegates

Illinois: 185 delegates

New Jersey: 127 delegates

Massachusetts: 121 delegates

Georgia: 103 delegates

Minnesota: 88 delegates

Missouri: 88 delegates

Tennessee: 85 delegates

Colorado: 71 delegates

Arizona: 67 delegates

Alabama: 60 delegates

Connecticut: 60 delegates

Arkansas: 47 delegates

Oklahoma: 47 delegates

Kansas: 41 delegates

New Mexico: 38 delegates

Utah: 29 delegates

Delaware: 23 delegates

Idaho: 23 delegates

North Dakota: 21 delegates

Alaska: 18 delegates

It was generally assumed that at the end of 'Super-Duper Tuesday' both parties would have had their presidential nomination. In fact, for the Republicans this was essentially true. John McCain gained far more support than either Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee but statistically, both could have caught McCain in terms of delegates. However, by the first week of March both Romney and Huckabee had withdrawn from the Republican competition. The Democrats were left in a position whereby neither Hilary Clinton nor Barack Obama gained a definite advantage over the other in terms of delegate support and their campaigns went the full distance to June 3rd.