NC Looking ahead to Super Tuesday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Many early voters are already out casting their votes ahead of the March 5th elections, or Super Tuesday. However, the presidential election can often overshadow local and state positions that are up for grabs.

Super Tuesday is a memorable day that will forecast how the presidential election will play out. It is a chance for voters to weigh in on which candidates will face off in the race for the White House. The Republican Party’s spotlight is on frontrunners former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley. Other big races on Tuesday will be for governor and lieutenant governor.

However, according to ECU political science professor Hanna Kassb, the presidential election can take the attention away from state and local offices.

“Nobody is really focused on the local races or the state races and I think that takes the focus on the federal level and takes the focus away from the local and state level,” Kassab said.

Sixteen states are holding their primaries this upcoming Super Tuesday and the results will dictate who you see on your ballot in November.

“I think It’s very important people vote in local elections, especially if you want to see changes in your community, you have to be participating in these elections. Not even local but state,” ECU student, Christopher Bobbitt said.

However, this upcoming election has many voters feeling overwhelmed with emotions.

“It’s nervewracking but exciting, but pretty much anxious for how it’s going to play out but yeah, just eager,” ECU student, Amya Bullock said.

Kassab encourages voters to educate themselves before heading out to the polls.

“Everyone should be really excited for Super Tuesday elections. They don’t call it Super Tuesday for no reason,” Kassab said.

Early in-person voting started February 15 and ends March 2nd so if you can’t vote during the early voting period you can always go on election day, which is of course March 5.

You can find your voting site on your county board of elections website. It will be different for early voting than for election day.