Prayers for the “Acela” Primary – Super Duper Tuesday III

What the ‘effing hell is the Acela Primary, you ask?

In this case, however, five states vote Tuesday — Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island – with 172 delegates available for Election_2016_Journalists_PrayingRepublicans and 462 for Democrats. Like the SEC Super Tuesday, this day is nicknamed the Acela Primary after the train service that connects these five states: the Amtrak Acela Express train, which runs through cities including Providence, Rhode Island; New Haven, Connecticut; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Baltimore.

The cool thing about the Acela Express train is that it is the only high-speed train that runs in the U.S. It travels from Boston’s South Station to Washington’s Union Station in roughly seven hours, with 14 stops on its path. Other states have discussed the idea, though no other region of the nation has yet constructed a comparable system to Acela in the northeast.


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