Super Tuesday: it’s the day when more US states hold their Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses than any other. Thirteen states and one territory (American Samoa) will vote and by the day’s end we will have a clearer picture of who will be the parties’ presidential nominees. Super Tuesday as we know it began in 1988 when a confederation of 12 Southern states sought to increase their influence in the Democratic nomination process by all holding their primaries on the same day. The parties saw the advantage of weaning out the weak contenders early in the nomination contest and the event has now become a much-anticipated fixture of the US presidential cycle.

Hillary Clinton leads her rival Bernie Sanders by a significant margin in the Democratic contest but all eyes are on the Republican race where, in a scenario that was unfathomable to many this time last year, Donald Trump has a healthy lead over competitors Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Trump’s position is so strong that Clinton supporters have already started drawing up copy for a sustained attack on The Donald should he emerge as the Republican candidate for the presidency. As tensions mount on the road to the White House we look back at Monocle’s coverage of the 2008 presidential election cycle and the opinions of the journalists who reported on it.

December 2008 / January 2009

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