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14 states and one U.S. territory will vote in Democratic primary contests today, rocketing the total number of pledged delegates allotted from 5% to 38%.

Why it matters: With a total of 1,357 delegates up for grabs, Super Tuesday has the potential to definitively shape the remaining three months of primaries by giving one candidate an insurmountable lead. 1,991 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in July.

Timing: Polls close throughout the night, beginning with Vermont and Virginia at 7 p.m. ET and culminating with delegate-rich California at 11 pm ET.

  • Yes, but: We won't know the full results for days, especially in large states like California that accept mail-in ballots postmarked no later than March 3.

On the ballot: Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

  • Worth noting: Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, Julián Castro, and Sen. Cory Booker dropped out after the registration deadline, meaning they'll still appear on the ballot in Super Tuesday states.
  • Millions of ballots have already been cast in early voting, and most states don't allow voters to change their vote even if their candidate has dropped out.
Outside a polling station, Burlington, Vt. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Vermont

Polls close: 7 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 16

Virginia

Polls close: 7 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 99

North Carolina

Polls close: 7:30 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 110

Alabama

Polls close: 8 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 52

Maine

Polls close: 8 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 24

Oklahoma

Polls close: 8 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 37

Tennessee

Polls close: A judge ruled that sites must remain open for an extra hour (9 pm ET) due to late changes from a deadly tornado early Tuesday.

Delegates at stake: 64

Massachusetts

Polls close: 8 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 91

Arkansas

Polls close: 8:30 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 31

Texas

Polls close: 8 pm ET (most precincts)/9 pm ET (El Paso)

Delegates at stake: 228

Colorado

Polls close: 9 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 67

Minnesota

Polls close: 9 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 75

Utah

Polls close: 10 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 29

California

Polls close: 11 pm ET

Delegates at stake: 415

American Samoa

Polls close: N/A due to caucuses

Delegates at stake: 6

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Kevin McCarthy officially endorses Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) officially endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to become the GOP's next House Republican conference chair during a Fox News appearance Sunday.

Why it matters: The GOP has been feuding internally over the fate of the current chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), because of her criticisms of former President Donald Trump, and her vote to impeach him for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Fauci: Vaccines could turn COVID-19 "surges" into "blips"

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "Meet the Press" Sunday that if more Americans get vaccinated in accordance with the Biden administration's goals, COVID-19 surges may be replaced by "blips."

State of play: Last week President Joe Biden announced his goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4, with at least 70% of Americans having at least one shot.