The 2016 presidential campaign picture should come into more revealing focus as voters in a dozen states, predominantly in the South, state their preferences. Again, the party frontrunners, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are heavily favored in most of the primaries.
The most significant event is the Republican primary in Texas, where Sen. Ted Cruz is counting on fellow Texans to keep alive his dwindling chances to deny Trump the GOP nomination. Even if he wins his home state, Cruz already is being overshadowed by Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio, who tries to cut down Trump by calling him a "con artist" and other brutal derisions.
On the Democratic side, Clinton can count on heavy African-American support in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia to widen her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, Sanders looks to Massachusetts, his own Vermont and possibly Colorado for some face-saving backing.
But potentially more significant than the Super Tuesday results may be a belated arousing within what remains of the GOP's moderate establishment to derail the Trump steamroller.