Texas missing from Super Tuesday

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Amarillo, Texas - It's the biggest day thus far for Republican presidential contenders.

With more than 400 delegates up for grabs, the outcome of Super Tuesday can often play a major role in deciding the Republican nominee.

Potter County Republican Party Chairman Tom Roller explains, "They can take claim to saying they're the clear front runner. They can get a lot of money raised that way. If you notice, whichever candidate just finishes winning a state, their fundraising goes up suddenly the next week."

Although Super Tuesday is half the size it was four years ago, with just ten states voting, it will distribute one-third of the delegates needed to get to that magic number of 1,144 needed to win.

It also includes some key states. Georgia with 76 delegates in play, is the largest of today's primaries, and then there's Ohio.

Amarillo College's Dr. Brian Farmer says, "If you don't win Ohio, historically you don't win the Republican nomination. For Mitt Romney, the front runner, if he loses Ohio, that's symbolically a big thing. Of course, things that have never happened in politics can happen. There's a first time for everything."

But there was one crucial state missing in action at this year's Super Tuesday, the Lone Star state... a state that plays a major role in selecting a Republican nominee.

One, because it's a Republican state and two, because it has the second most delegates up for grabs, at 155.

But the redistricting debacle kept Texans away from the polls today and now the significance of the state's pushed-back-primary remains to be seen.

Roller says, "Depending on where we're at on May 29th, they may not come to Texas. It may not be necessary because they have already won, but if it's close, there's going to be a lot of time spent in Texas because of the number of delegates."

If a clear front runner emerges between now and May 29th, the Texas primary won't mean much.

However, if things continue as they are now, with delegates divided, then the Texas primary could be even more important. It could decide the election.

Farmer says, "It's been the most difficult Republican primary season to predict that I can ever remember."

Up next on the primary schedule is Kansas, with 40 delegates up for grabs.