This is considered a big day in American politics. Before we pick our president every four years every single state hosts candidates from each party and then holds a caucus or a primary vote. Those are a lot of primaries to keep up with, not to mention the countless debates, public events, fundraisers and campaign stops. So today is the day when primaries try to shake things up and try to settle the score but don't worry, we'll be quick and help you understand the highlights.
Today the biggest glut of states, ten this time, will vote on a Republican candidate: Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Idaho, and Alaska. Romney could sprint off ahead, he could split the delegates with Santorum, or there's a chance it will all still remain so muddled that nothing will be decided till the Republican National Convention in August.
Hoping to capitalize on that chance, President Obama has scheduled a rare press conference for today, his first press conference since October. A time and a topic were not specified, but the timing is obviously intended to disrupt the focus of news editors across America and try to suck the wind out of Republican sails. Not likely, given all that's at stake today, but Obama's wild-card pressers have made for bomb-shell moments in the past.
Washington State had the lime-light all to ourselves last weekend. Romney stretched out a 37.6 percent lead over second place Ron Paul at 24.8 percent and Rick Santorum at 23.8 percent with Newt Gingrich trailing at 10.3 percent. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich all stuck around Ohio for a debate with former candidate Mike Huckabee preparing for today's big kahuna while caucus-friendly Paul stuck around the state.
Now, on to the specifics for today. Don't worry, this will be easier than you think.
Normally, explaining all the different states, the political situations in each, and how these delegates fit into the bigger picture would take a lot of words and a long time to read. But thankfully we found this solid four minute video by the Washington Post of what can only be described a Super Tuesday Political Weather Forecast which summed it all up nicely: