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Super Tuesday contests could all but decide presidential nominees

Super Tuesday contests could all but decide presidential nominees

After starting small, the presidential campaign has exploded into a nationwide contest that on Tuesday could all but decide the Democratic and Republican nominating fights.

Thirteen states from Alaska to Massachusetts will hold caucuses and primaries that day, awarding roughly half the delegates needed to secure the two major party nominations.

The balloting marks a fundamental shift away from the close-quarters campaigning in states like Iowa and New Hampshire and the drive for momentum that came with victory — or, for the second- and third-place finishers, exceeding expectations.

From here out, the race is about cold, hard mathematics and piling up convention...

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