John Deeth Blog: Let Michigan And Florida Count - By Going Last
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Long ago, in the days of polyester, Super Tuesday was the last big day of the nominating contest, not the beginning. The first time I ever heard the term used was back in the last two-way dead heat nomination contest: Ronald Reagan vs. Gerald Ford in 1976. That Super Tuesday was a three state contest -- California, Ohio, New Jersey -- on June 8. June 8. Back in the Bicentennial era, states tried to maximize their influence by going last. Of course, now that wisdom has been turned on its head, and 24 states tried to grab a bigger role by going as early as the rules allowed. But they watered down their own influence and got roughly one airport rally each if they were lucky, while patient Pennsylvania stands to get six weeks all to itself by waiting until April 22.