Photos: On the ground with voters in Florida on Super Tuesday
The biggest delegate prize by far on the March 15 Super Tuesday is Florida, where voters in the winner-take-all state will hand the Republican winner a whopping 99 delegates — just shy of one-twelfth needed to secure the nomination. For their part, Democrats dole out 214 delegates, most of them proportionately given to the states’ winner and loser.
Polling shows GOP front-runner Donald Trump in the lead in the state, which presents a major hurdle for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has struggled so far to secure significant numbers of delegates. If Rubio loses his home state on Tuesday, that could signal the beginning of the end for his campaign.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is largely favored to win Florida. If she wins by a large margin, the subsequent delegate allocation could provide a buffer should she lose Ohio or win it by only a small margin.
While Florida’s race hits on a primary day chocked full of state contests, the Sunshine State is a key swing state in the general election and a sweeping win here is an important step on the way to the nomination.
As Floridians head to the polls, photographer Mark Peterson gives you a look on the ground at the voters — and the issues that will send them to the polls today — while we await the results.
These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.