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Super Tuesday: Polls close in three states as more than a dozen states vote

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(The Center Square) – Democrat and Republican voters in more than a dozen states are casting ballots this Super Tuesday to select their preferred candidate for president as polls have closed in Virginia and Vermont.

Primary candidates for state and local offices also are on the ballot in many of the states.

Former President Donald Trump will see if he can further widen his already huge lead over former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on what is the biggest day of the Republican presidential primary.

Heading into Tuesday, Trump secured 247 delegates to Haley’s 43. With 15 states holding either GOP primaries or caucuses Tuesday, 854 delegates are up for grabs. A candidate needs 1,215 delegates to win the Republican nomination.

States with GOP presidential primaries or caucuses Tuesday include:

AlabamaAlaskaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoMaineMassachusettsMinnesotaNorth CarolinaOklahomaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginia

The U.S. territory of American Samoa will hold its primary election Tuesday as well.

In polling nationally, Trump leads with 79% support to Haley’s 15%, according to RealClearPolitics’ polling average. Haley has said she is more electable than Trump in the general, and polling does show her performing well against President Joe Biden.

Democrats also hold primaries or caucuses in 14 states. They are:

AlabamaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoMaineMassachusettsMinnesotaNorth CarolinaOklahomaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginia

Biden does not face any major challenger and is expected to sweep the states Tuesday. Major media outlets called Virginia and Vermont for Biden shortly after polls closed there.

Biden also won Iowa, where Democrats held a write-in primary.