|Voters in 24 states go to the polls on Tuesday, also known as Super Tuesday, and the outcome could whittle down the nominees for both parties. |
Delegate-rich states such as California, New York and New Jersey could be make-or-break contests for both Republicans and Democrats.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, fresh off crucial wins in the South Carolina and Florida primaries and important endorsements from the Los Angeles Times, former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, will go head-to-head with the competitive candidate and former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.
Romney, who has the campaign war chest to compete well beyond Super Tuesday, will be a formidable force against the Arizona senator in several delegate-rich states.
The ad wars between McCain and Romney are also heating up. Both candidates are reportedly spending seven-figure amounts in several Super Tuesday states.
California is a crucial win state for either party's candidates. At stake for Republicans: 170 delegates -- a figure that makes up 14.3 percent of delegate votes needed to win the nomination. For Democrats, the winner will take home 370 delegates.