• A Brief History of Super Tuesday

    June 3, 1976 - The phrase "Super Tuesday" makes its first published appearance in California's Lodi News-Sentinel, which featured words stained onto paper with ink, as was traditional at the time. It would be years before journalism would enter its more civilized hologram-phase.

    1984 – It took not one, not two, but three Super Tuesdays for the Democratic Party to come up with a candidate as strong and stately as Walter Fritz Mondale.

    March 13, 1984 – The first official Super Tuesday is held, featuring contests in nine states and American Samoa. 512 delegates — or 13 percent of all the primary season's delegates — were chosen by the Democratic Party in one day, just barely edging out the number of people who voted for the Democratic candidate in November.

    March 8, 1988 – Southern Democrats attempted a regional Super Tuesday — featuring contests in  Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia — in the hopes of nominating a candidate that would be amenable to their Southern racist genteel ideals. It was a smashing success and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis became the eventual nominee.

    On the Republican end of things that same day, George H.W. Bush won 16 of 17 Super Tuesday contests. The one state that voted against him, Alphonia, was dissolved and set adrift into the Pacific Ocean, its name subsequently scrubbed from all history books.

    March 12, 1991 - Zero elections are held and no newspapers or major television stations refer to this day as Super Tuesday, making it the least attended or publicized Super Tuesday in U.S. history up till that point.

    March 7, 2000 - Sixteen states participate. 81% of Democratic delegates and 18% of Republican delegates are chosen. The largest Super Tuesday yet. Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush walked away with their parties' nominations. Also known as Black Tuesday.

    February 3, 2004 – Several smaller states clump their primaries together in an attempt to increase their relative importance. It doesn't work. in fact, the results of that day are lost to history.

    February 5, 2008 – Known as alternately "Tsunami Tuesday," "Super Duper Tuesday," "Super Tuesday" or other incredibly idiotic names — with 24 states participating and more than half of all delegates chosen – this was the largest and by far stupidest Super Tuesday in American history. Let us all hope future generations are spared such an obnoxious ordeal.

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    Tags: Democrats, Primaries, Republicans, Super Tuesday


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