The third consecutive Tuesday to feature primary voting conventions — deemed by many as “Mega Tuesday” — is finally here, with five separate states heading to the polls.
The delegate count at stake on Tuesday is steep; Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton looks to pad her lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, while Donald Trump is hoping to truly put the GOP race away for good with a dominating performance. In addition to Illinois and North Carolina, three other states will be holding true winner-take-all conventions for their delegate counts: Ohio, Missouri, and Florida.
Ohio and Florida are of particular importance for the Republican side, as many people have estimated that the candidates representing those states — Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich — must win in order to hold off a strengthened Trump candidacy. Trump currently has 460 delegates compared to 370 for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, 163 for Rubio, and 63 for Kasich.
Here are the delegate counts for Mega Tuesday states:
ILLINOIS: 69 delegates (R), 156 delegates (D)
FLORIDA: 99 delegates (R), 214 delegates (D)
MISSOURI: 52 delegates (R), 71 delegates (D)
NORTH CAROLINA: 72 delegates (R), 107 delegates (D)
OHIO: 66 delegates (R), 143 delegates (D)
Hillary Clinton’s 1,231 delegates lead Sanders’ 576 heading into Tuesday.
All of the main cable news networks will carry coverage from Tuesday’s primary and caucus conventions, on the day on the political calendar widely deemed “Mega Tuesday” or “Super Tuesday 3”.
FOX News Channel (FNC) will provide special live coverage of the primary races in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday, March 15th. FNC’s Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will co-anchor America’s Election Headquarters from 7-11PM/ET and break down the results during those hours. At 11PM/ET, FNC will present a live edition of The Kelly File followed by a special live edition of The Five at midnight. Live coverage will extend from 1AM-4AM/ET led by co-anchors Eric Shawn and Heather Childers. Additionally, FNC’s Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will cover the exit poll data and results in the key counties and states. Finally, the Campaign Cowboys including FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, FNC contributors Karl Rove and Joe Trippi will also provide analysis throughout the evening.
CNN will broadcast American’s Choice 2016: Super Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. ET with continuing coverage in the evening until 2 a.m. ET.
On MSNBC, Morning Joe will air up until 9 a.m. ET followed immediately by The Place for Politics. Network anchors and personalities will deliver primary and caucus results throughout the night with reaction and analysis.
FOX Business Network (FBN) will present special live coverage of the primary and caucus results in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and the Northern Mariana Islands on “Super Tuesday 2”, March 15th.
Starting at 7PM/ET, Lou Dobbs will kick off the coverage with a special edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight. FBN’s Neil Cavuto will take over at 8PM/ET-Midnight to host a special edition of Cavuto: Coast to Coast with coverage and analysis as the results come in.
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