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Why Don't All States Vote on Super Tuesday?

The story behind our convoluted primary system.


Today is Super Tuesday, the day a bunch of states (this year, 10) hold their primary elections. Some states voted earlier, and some states will vote after the big day. The conventional wisdom is that Super Tuesday decides the race, or at the very least steers it to an inevitable conclusion.

Isn't it weird that we just accept that? What exactly is Super Tuesday, and why don't we all vote in the presidential primary on the same date? If you're anything like me, you have gone this far in life without understanding the logic or value in our presidential primary system. A cursory Google search many frustrated voters like me. For all those confused Americans, a primary rundown:

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