Election 101: What's the Republican primary calendar for 2012?

Here are the ins and outs of the road to winning the Republican Party presidential nomination.

3. Super Tuesday

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Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership meeting April 2 in Las Vegas. After failing to win the Republican nomination in his bid for the presidency in 2008, Romney's strategy is more of a multistate marathon this time, with economically suffering Nevada an important round in what analysts predict could be a protracted fight to be the party's 2012 nominee.

“Super Tuesday” falls on March 6, 2012. More states will hold their GOP nominating contests this day than on any other. Super Tuesday GOP primaries or caucuses will occur in 10 states: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. In addition, Wyoming starts GOP caucuses on March 6 and wraps them up on March 10.

The total number of delegates to be meted out on the basis of Super Tuesday results is 526 – almost half what a candidate needs to win the nomination. 

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