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Don’t Miss the Excitement of Super Tuesday

Join fellow political junkies at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, at the Cellar Pub in Coxe Hall to watch the Super Tuesday Primary election returns.

Some of HWS' political analysts including President Gearan, Professor Linda Robertson and Professor Craig Rimmerman will give their take on the results and its significance to the upcoming election. R-News is also scheduled to cover the party.

New York is one of 10 states participating in Super Tuesday. New York has roughly 5 million Democrats to 3 million Republicans. Senator John Kerry holds a 54-point lead in a Marist Poll released Monday. The Massachusetts senator has climbed to 69 percent among likely voters in the race for 236 delegates while Senator John Edwards draws just 15 percent.

Polling sites will be open today from noon to 9 p.m. Only New Yorkers enrolled in the Democratic Party by Feb. 6 are allowed to vote. There is no Republican presidential primary this year because President Bush is unopposed for the GOP nomination.

The Democratic presidential primary will determine the allocation of delegates to the Democratic National Convention this summer in Boston. To win the nomination, a candidate must have the support of 2,162 delegates from across the country.

Nationwide, 1,151 delegates — including 236 in New York — are at stake in “Super Tuesday” voting in New York, California and eight other states. Because some presidential candidates dropped out late in the race, nine candidates will appear on today's ballot. Yet only four, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards, Al Sharpton and John Kerry, are still running.

Voters will also select up to six delegates and one alternate to represent them from their congressional districts. The votes for the presidential candidates, however, determine who receives what share of the delegates.

Election information compiled by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.