The ins and outs of Super Tuesday

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By Carol A. Clark

Super Tuesday takes place Feb. 5 – the day New Mexico and 21 other states hold Democratic caucuses and primaries to elect their candidate for president. Super Tuesday is the only opportunity for New Mexico Democrats to vote for president before the November general election.New Mexico Democrats will hold a primary June 3 for candidates running for other offices. Voters will go to their individual precinct locations. Democratic presidential candidates will not be on that ballot, said Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols.“This caucus is being handled completely by the Democratic Party,” she said, adding that absentee voting ended Monday.Los Alamos County Democrats will hold Tuesday’s caucus from noon-7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, which is the sole polling place for every precinct in Los Alamos County.The 2008 Democratic Party Pre-Primary Nominating Convention is set for March 15 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Pre-Primary Nominating Convention is an event the Democratic Party of New Mexico is required to conduct by state law. It has significant consequences for candidates and campaigns because the results of this convention will determine who will be on New Mexico’s June 3 primary ballot. The Democratic Party of New Mexico will also consider a platform at the Convention.

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