Skimm'd on Super Tuesday

theSkimm50 West 23rd Street, Suite 5B; New York, NY, 10010, United States Update Profile

MARCH 03, 2020



Skimm'd on Super Tuesday


"Hugo Boss" – A comedian's new name, after he legally changed it to protest HUGO BOSS's treatment of small businesses. Boss move.


The Story

Today, voters in 14 states get to weigh in on their favorite presidential candidates.

What a day.

It is. Super Tuesday accounts for about a third of all delegates up for a vote in the Democratic race (1,357 delegates to be exact). The biggest prizes are in California and Texas, which have the most delegates up for grabs. On the GOP side, President Trump is expected to keep breezing through. And on the Dem side, eyes are on front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to see if he'll maintain his lead.

Who's he up against?

Former VP Joe Biden, who's fresh off a big win in South Carolina. Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who came in third place in Iowa. There's also former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who will appear on primary ballots for the first time. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is also still in it to win it.

I thought there were more...

There were. Yesterday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – who finished third in New Hampshire – dropped out, one day after former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg also threw in the towel. Both candidates – plus former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke – popped into Dallas to say they're all in on Biden now. The move is seen as moderates rallying together in a bid to stop Sanders from cinching the nomination.

Wait a minute. What happens to Klobuchar and Buttigieg's delegates?

In most cases, they're free agents come the DNC in July – and can vote for whoever they want. As for early and absentee voters who picked them already, they're stuck: there's no do-over to choose another candidate. Remember: voters today could still see Klobuchar and Buttigieg's names up for a vote. Keep in mind they're no longer in the running.


Super Tuesday is the single biggest day of voting in the primary calendar. With so many delegates at stake, time is running out for candidates who aren't Sanders to show they have a path to the Democratic nomination.


What has people's attention…

Nashville. Early this morning, at least two tornadoes tore through Tennessee, including one in Nashville that killed at least two people and injured several others. Police have called a search and rescue team to the scene and an emergency shelter has been set up. According to reports, about 40 structures have collapsed and tens of thousands of residents are without power. Tennessee voters are expected to hit the polls today as part of Super Tuesday – and it's not clear if polling stations in or near Nashville have been damaged or if voting there will be affected.

COVID-19. Yesterday, four more coronavirus deaths were reported in Washington state, raising the US death toll from two to six. Four of the six victims have been linked to a nursing home near Seattle and all six deaths were in Washington (out of 100 confirmed US cases). Now, officials in the Seattle area plan to establish isolation centers for those infected. Globally, COVID-19 has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 90,000.

Who's back at it again...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yesterday, Israeli voters turned out in the highest numbers since 1999 for the country's third parliamentary election in less than a year. Exit polls show Netanyahu's party ahead of his rival's – former army chief Benny Gantz. But polls showed Netanyahu short of the 61 seats needed for a majority coalition. Meaning, he'll need to build a coalition gov...something he's failed to do twice this year. TBD if a potential political gridlock could mean a fourth election.

Who's no longer playing "Hardball"...

Chris Matthews. Yesterday, the MSNBC host announced he's retiring after over 20 years on "Hardball." The news comes amid mounting criticism for Matthews' comments on the show, including comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) Nevada win to the Nazis invading France, his approach to an interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and his alleged comments to journalist Laura Bassett about her appearance. Matthews said his retirement comes after "conversations" with network executives, adding that he isn't leaving "for a lack of interest in politics."

Who people are remembering…

James Lipton. Yesterday, the longtime host of "Inside the Actors Studio" passed away at age 93 after a battle with bladder cancer. Lipton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys. And was known for interviewing countless celebrities, including Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, and Robin Williams. Lipton also authored several books and worked on various Broadway productions. His wife, Kedakai Turner, said he would want to be remembered as someone who "loved what he did and had tremendous respect for all the people he worked with."

Jack Welch. Earlier this week, General Electric's former CEO passed away at age 84 due to renal failure. Welch led GE for two decades and grew its market value from $14 billion to $410 billion during his tenure. Fortune magazine dubbed him "manager of the century" in 1999, and he was nicknamed "Neutron Jack" for eliminating tens of thousands of jobs – a nickname Welch admitted he hated. President Trump offered his condolences via Twitter, saying "there was no corporate leader like 'neutron' Jack."

Who's saying 'case closed' after 25 years...

Judge Judy.

2020 Tuesdays

Decisions, decisions. When voters head to the polls today, they're not just choosing a favorite candidate: they're voting for the direction of their party. Here's what's at stake:

The Democratic Party: Candidates largely fall into two categories: moderate and progressive. Since his 2016 run, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has moved the party to the left with his calls for a political revolution. Now, candidates like former VP Joe Biden and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg are hoping to slow Sanders' roll by offering a more moderate approach on issues ranging from health care to foreign policy.

The Republican Party: In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump shook up the GOP when he won the majority of Super Tuesday states. Fast forward four years and the outsider-turned-president is breezing through primaries against opposition candidate Bill Weld.

Establishment versus outsider, moderate versus radical, both parties have seen it before. Today, voters' decisions will continue to shape their parties, potentially for years to come.


For when you think shopping should be a competitive sport…

Go for gold. Until then, go for green. Wise Bread recommends this credit card for up to 5% cash back on purchases. Plus no annual fee. So you can buy more of what you love. Cha-ching.*

For when you're invited to 15 weddings this year…

What to wear. This membership company delivers jewelry straight to your door. Every month. You can rent or buy any of the pieces you get. Plus, Skimm'rs get their first month free. Shine bright.*

For when you can't remember if you've already shampooed…

Lather, rinse, repeat. This company has custom hair care products that will change up your shower game. Because it's made for you, not the masses. Oh, and Skimm'rs get 20% off. Hair you go.*

FYI - Don’t miss our monthly SmarterPack newsletter for more of our favorite picks. Sign up here.

*PS: This is a sponsored post.


Ale you need is...Katie R (CO). She got her dream job as a taproom manager at a major brewery in New Orleans. She quit her job as a journalist and followed her dreams to make it in the beer industry. Sounds pitcher perfect.

Up in the clouds with...Kaylee J (TX). She passed her Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) exam. Meaning she's one step closer to fulfilling her dreams of working in aviation as a flight instructor and later as a commercial airline pilot. Sky isn't the limit.

(Some) Birthdays...Susan Lane (AUS), Caitlin Sachs (NY), Rachel Schragis (NY), Lidia Movahedian (NY), Sarah Eiden (VA), Elizabeth Dickensheets (PA), Sara Brown (AR), Brianna Gray (UK), Stephanie Brown (VA), Donna Lawson (MT), Jamie Gilbert (OK), Jason MargolinKatz (NY), Sarah Devitt (IL), Claudia Verdin (IL), Joan Murray (CAN)

*Paging all members of theSkimm. Reach out here for a chance to be featured.