On Tuesday March 6, 11 states across the country -- Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming -- will hold contests that will award a combined 424 delegates. That’s more than any other one day this Republican primary season. Up until now, there have been 12 contests (in some form or fashion), with Mitt Romney winning seven of them, Rick Santorum four, Newt Gingrich one, and Ron Paul zero. NBC’s current delegate count stands at Romney 119, Gingrich 30, Santorum 17, Paul 8.
The GOP presidential candidates have different strategies and strongholds in these 11 contests. Romney hopes to lock down his home state of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Virginia (where only he and Paul are on the ballot). Santorum is expecting wins in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Gingrich has focused on his home state of Georgia. And Paul has concentrated on the caucuses in Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota. The biggest prize is Ohio, where all the candidates -- except for Paul -- have campaigned. But more than anything else, Super Tuesday is a math race: Which candidate can rack up the most delegates from these 11 states? Note that many of these contests award delegates proportionally, so a second-place (or even third place) finish can get you delegates.
Click here to read the NBC News Super Tuesday Guide, complete with analysis of the candidates’ strategies, ad spending, candidate travel, history of Super Tuesday – when and why they’ve mattered, and a complete state-by-state breakdown of the delegates at stake, rules, procedures, poll opening and closing times, and full results so far.