Oklahoma has held fast to the coveted 5th calendar slot for holding the Presidential Preference Primary Elections. Only 4 select regional 'carve-out states are allowed to hold partisan selection events earlier than Oklahoma. The other side of this issue, is that unlike those four carved out states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, & Nevada), Oklahoma does not have exclusive rights to that "Super Tuesday" date.
In fact, some of the largest states in the nation now are crowding in on this "old south" strategy. After Democrats picked a northern liberal in 1984, Southern states whose legislatures were dominated by Democrats, put together a plan to bolster the possibility of a southern conservative Democrat candidate. That's when Oklahoma switched from being a caucus state to a primary election for presidential preference. the idea failed in '88, but in '92 Bill Clinton succeeded.
Now there are 7 'old south' states in Super Tuesday, but California (which historically went last) is making the radical shift away from a June primary and joining a total of 13 states.
When March 3rd ballot counting is over, 40% of the delegate slots will be spoken for. Texas & California are the big prizes.
In the chart below, you'll see the dispersion of delegates and dates that they will be awarded.
For further details, read Frontloading HQ.
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