'Super Tuesday' in the US Presidential Election: Everything you need to know...

Forget 'Shrove Tuesday' it's all about 'SUPER TUESDAY' across the pond.

But what's all the fuss about and why is this date so important in the long US presidential election campaign? Here's everything you need to know...

'Super Tuesday,' which falls on March 3, 2020, is the key date in the lengthy US presidential primary season when the highest number of states, territories or groups simultaneously vote for their preferred candidate in primaries or caucuses.

By the end of this crucial day, it will be much clearer which Democratic candidate is favourite to take on President Trump who, as things stand, is virtually guaranteed to stand for re-election.

The 'Super Tuesday' primaries and caucuses occur in many states from geographically and socially diverse regions of the country.

The particular states involved varies from year to year. California and Texas are among the 14 states to vote in 'Super Tuesday' 2020. The Democrats Abroad and American Samoans also vote. Although, the latter does not get to vote in the actual presidential election.

Bernie Sanders
78-year-old Bernie Sanders is among the favourites to win the Democratic presidential candidacy

What's the difference between primaries and caucuses?

Primaries and caucuses take up the bulk of the presidential election cycle - they run from the start of February in election year and finish with the parties' national conventions at the end of the summer.

Primaries and caucuses are run differently but both serve the same purpose of selecting candidates for nomination - they function as preliminary elections.

In an election cycle every one of the 50 states holds a primary or caucus in one form or another however not all candidates will attend every event.

The main difference is that primaries use secret ballots for voting whereas caucuses are local gatherings of voters who vote at the end of the meeting for a particular candidate.

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