When is the next primary, who is in, how many delegates at stake?

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What you need to know about the next primary

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Voters in six states will be casting ballots Tuesday as the field in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has narrowed, essentially, to two candidates.

Joe Biden, who was all but considered out of the race prior to his victory in South Carolina’s primary, roared back to front-runner status with wins in 10 of the 14 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday. It was a feat few saw coming.

Biden topped Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in states across the country as he ran up a delegate count that may be insurmountable.

The two will match up in six states Tuesday, with Michigan’s 125 delegates as the biggest prize. In addition to Michigan, voters will cast ballots in Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota.

A recent Detroit News-NBC/WDIV TV poll had Biden ahead of Sanders by 6.5%. The poll was taken prior to Super Tuesday.

Biden and Sanders have survived a field of two dozen major candidates. Four of those candidates – Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren – have dropped out in the last week.

Here’s what you need to know about the March 10 primaries:

Which states are voting Tuesday

Voters in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington will be voting.

Who can vote:

  • In Idaho: Registered Democratic voters and "unaffiliated" voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.
  • In Michigan: According to the Michigan Secretary of State's office, Michigan's presidential primary is a closed primary. There is no political party registration requirement in Michigan Election Law. Any Michigan registered voter can participate in the primary. 
  • In Mississippi: Mississippi's primaries are open, meaning a voter does not have to register with a political party to vote in a primary.
  • In Missouri: Missouri has open primaries.
  • In North Dakota: North Dakota has open primaries.
  • In Washington: Washington votes by mail.

What time do the polls open/close

  • Idaho: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Michigan: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Mississippi: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Missouri: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • North Dakota: The voting hours in North Dakota vary by county.
  • Washington: Voters must deposit ballots in official drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

How many delegates will be awarded:

There will be 352 Democratic delegates awarded in Tuesday’s primary elections. Republicans will be awarding 242 delegates.

Who is ahead in the polls:

Biden is ahead in the Real Clear Politics average of polls by 7.5% over Sanders. The polls were conducted between March 1 and March 5.

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