-- Alabama holds its Democratic and Republican primaries on March 1, 2016. 60 delegates are at stake for the Democrats and 50 delegates for the Republicans. Alabama is one of three states that joined the Super Tuesday group this election year in the so-called “SEC primary.” Alabama has voted for GOP candidates who eventually lost their party's nomination three times: Ronald Reagan in 1976, Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012.
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Why The State Is Significant:
• Alabama is not a winner-take-all state, so even candidates who don’t finish in first place can claim a handful of delegates. Each party allocates delegates differently.
• It will be interesting to see if Southern voters fall for a brash, divorced New Yorker. If a recent Bloomberg Politics poll is any indication, the answer is yes. It shows Trump with 37 percent support among likely GOP presidential primary voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia -- Southern States heading to the polls on Super Tuesday. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are tied at 20 percent each.
• Alabama voters are preparing for a long ballot: It is among the first states this year holding a combined presidential/non-presidential primary. At the state level, for example, there are primaries for Supreme Court, Public Service Commission and State Board of Education.
• Even though Trump appears to be the GOP frontrunner in polls, Rubio, in particular isn't lacking in endorsements: 31 Alabama state politicians, led by state Rep. Will Ainsworth, are backing the Florida senator. But Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has thrown his support behind John Kasich.