Watch Rachel Maddow Explain the Insanity That Is Super Tuesday to Jimmy Fallon

During her Monday appearance on The Tonight Show, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow tried to explain to Jimmy Fallon how Super Tuesday works.

In an informative segment on the late-night show, Maddow gave a brief explanation as to what Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' early victories in Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire, and former Vice President Joe Biden's South Carolina victory on Saturday, could tell Americans about what to expect in the Super Tuesday primaries.

Maddow said that Super Tuesday's results are completely unpredictable and there isn't a clear winner to lock in enough delegates to secure the nomination during the primaries. "Anybody who tells you they know what's gonna happen tomorrow for Super Tuesday is either lying or trying to sell you something," she told Fallon.

On Tuesday, 14 states will hold primaries to award delegates to the remaining candidates in the Democratic primary. Besides Biden and Sanders, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are still in the running. In order for a candidate to lock in the nomination, they must secure a majority of 1,991 delegates. On Super Tuesday, 1,344 delegates are up for grabs.

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Rachel Maddow Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on March 15, 2017 in New York City. Maddow revisited "The Tonight Show" on Monday to explain Super Tuesday to Fallon. Theo Wargo/Getty

"It's about a third of the delegates at stake, and you need to pile up a certain number of delegates in order to win the nomination," Maddow explained. "So, there's no bigger day in the primary than tomorrow. In a lot of places, where people are going to be going to vote, there's going to be all these people listed on the ballot who are no longer in the race: y'know, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar—all these people who have dropped out. The remaining candidates are fighting it out among them, and nobody knows if anybody is going to put together enough delegates to actually win the thing, before the convention happens this summer."

She also explained that millions of people voted early for candidates who have since dropped out of the race. Maddow said that in some cases voters can cast another ballot, but others cannot, depending on laws in different jurisdictions.

The MSNBC anchor also mentioned that the most likely outcome is that no candidate will secure enough delegates by the time of the Democratic National Convention in July. If no candidate has enough delegates to secure the nomination, superdelegates will cast another ballot at the convention, "which is bananas," as Maddow put it.

She also explained how Biden's win in South Carolina stacks up against Sanders' wins in the three other early voting states.

"Bernie has definitely done better than anybody else in the contest thus far. That said, he did very well in the first three contests, which were comparatively small," she said. "Biden's actually obtained more votes with his big win in South Carolina than Bernie had in the first three states combined."

Maddow also told Fallon that after "wild primaries," it may seem like the candidates won't resolve their differences, but "the thing you want is for them all to work together at the end for the same goal, and there's no reason to think that won't happen."

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates polling averages for the Democratic presidential candidates in Super Tuesday states ahead of voting.

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This Statista graphic showcases how the main Democratic contenders stand ahead of Super Tuesday.

This article was updated to include an infographic.