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Latest News on the TN Primary

8:30 p.m.

Preliminary exit poll results show Democrat Hillary Clinton did especially well among older voters and blacks in Tennessee’s presidential primaries, while Republican Donald Trump was the choice of voters favoring a non-establishment candidate.

Both candidates enjoyed large margins in Tennessee on Tuesday.

Exit polls conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks also showed Tennessee voters, especially Republicans, are dissatisfied with the current state of the federal government. Voters from both parties worry about the economy.

Voters from both parties said they were concerned about the direction of the nation’s economy in coming years, but Republican voters were more likely to say they’re very worried about it.

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7:30 p.m.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he is “encouraged” by the high turnout for Tennessee’s presidential primaries, even though Republican voters didn’t get behind the candidate he endorsed.

In a statement issued after the polls closed and Donald Trump was declared the winner, Haslam said the “greatest thing” about the democratic process is the citizens’ right to choose their leaders.

Haslam says Tennesseans who flocked to the polls Tuesday and in early voting “didn’t take that right for granted.”

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7 p.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their party primaries in Tennessee.

The latest wins put the two candidates ahead of their rivals in the group of contests known as Super Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump and Clinton won the primaries in Georgia. Clinton also won the Democratic primary in Virginia, while her rival, Bernie Sanders, won the contest in his home state of Vermont.

Polls have closed across Tennessee after reports of long lines and brisk turnout as voters cast ballots on Super Tuesday across the Volunteer State.

Anyone still in line when the polls close will be allowed to vote.

State Election officials said there was steady voter turnout, despite severe weather in some places. There were no reports of major problem at polls.

 

 

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