A voter takes part in the Democratic primary in Purcellville, Virginia. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Voters in 14 states and one territory cast their ballots on Super Tuesday, tweeting and blogging along the way.

Why it matters: The huge delegate hauls of California and Texas this year make the day about as close as the U.S. gets to a national presidential primary.

The big picture: Analysts are watching tonight to see if Joe Biden can turn a South Carolina landslide — and the subsequent unification of moderate Democrats — into a campaign that can beat Bernie Sanders.

As Dave Wasserman, editor of the Cook Political Report, tweeted today, that's hard to guess:

Reporters have fanned out across the country to describe the mood of voters casting their ballots and the challenges election workers face as voters exercise the most basic democratic right.

Bernie and Jane Sanders vote in Burlington, Vermont. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Elizabeth Warren votes in Cambridge, Massachusetts Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Daisy, a golden retriever, stands next to a sign near a polling station in San Diego, California Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images
A voter on the way to a polling station in Houston, Texas, walks past a mass of political signs. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images
Supporters of various Democratic campaigns stand outside an international polling place in London. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images
A voter fills out her ballot in a polling station at the San Francisco Columbarium & Funeral Home. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Voters line up to cast their ballots in Houston, Texas. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images
Voters line up in Houston, Texas on March 3. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images
Voters in San Anselmo, California, on March 3. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

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Jun 10, 2020 - Health

Texas reports third consecutive day of record coronavirus hospitalizations

A health worker processing a coronavirus testing in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 9 for the PGA Tour. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Texas health authorities reported a total of 2,153 coronavirus hospitalizations on Wednesday, up from 2,056 on Tuesday and 1,935 patients Monday, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: The three days of record-breaking coronavirus hospitalizations come more than a month after Texas allowed its statewide stay-at-home order to expire.

Trump demands apology over CNN poll showing Biden with 14-point lead

President Trump. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Trump's reelection campaign in a cease-and-desist letter to CNN's CEO Jeff Zucker on Wednesday requested the network publicly apologize for a poll that showed former Vice President Joe Biden with 14-point lead.

Why it matters: CNN's poll came as part of a recent wave of bad news for the president. Fallout over Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have resulted in a spike for Biden in the latest polls, including in swing states such as Michigan and Texas.

Updated Jun 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Black Lives Matter protests: What you need to know

Protesters outside the Minneapolis 1st Police precinct during a demonstration against police brutality and racism in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The death of Rayshard Brooks, another black man fatally shot by police, outside an Atlanta restaurant became a focal point of anti-racism protests across the U.S. on Saturday.

The big picture: Protesters are highlighting systemic racism issues across the U.S. and pressing states to make changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians. It has prompted officials to review police conduct.