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11:20 p.m. NBC News: Hillary Clinton projected to win Massachusetts Democratic primary 

11:20 p.m. (AP)-Marco Rubio projected winner of Minnesota Republican caucus 

11:15 p.m. NBC News: Clinton is projected winner in MA Dem primary

11:00 p.m. NBC News: Bernie Sanders is the projected winner in the Democratic caucus in Co.

10:26 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP)-Carson says he is not dropping out of GOP race
        Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson told a crowded banquet hall at a hotel in downtown Baltimore that he's not giving up, despite trailing behind all the other Republican candidates on Super Tuesday.
        Carson took the stage Tuesday at the Grand Hotel in Baltimore and called the political system "rotten to the core."
        "They have weaved such a complex web," Carson said.
        Carson did not mention any of his opponents by name, but told his supporters, "our nation is in horrible trouble. Why sit there and talk about each other and tear each other down when we have such important issues to deal with?"
         Ted Cruz, who won Oklahoma and his home state of Texas, is calling for some of his Republican rivals to drop out.
         Though he did not mention Marco Rubio or John Kasich by name, he made it clear that he felt they should drop out so Republicans could consolidate around him as a viable alternative to Trump.
         He asked them "prayerfully consider" the future of their campaigns.
         He declared that as long as the Republican field remained divided, Donald Trump would have a path to nomination, which he declared "a total disaster" for his party.
        He noted repeatedly that he is only other candidate to win a state: he also captured Iowa last month.
        Trump has won Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Arkansas on Super Tuesday.
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9:55 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has scored a critical victory in his home state and a second victory in neighboring Oklahoma. Cruz needed to blunt the momentum of rival Donald Trump, who has Super Tuesday victories in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio told supporters in Miami that his recent efforts to "unmask the front-runner" as "a con man" have resulted in his numbers going up and Trump's numbers coming down.
    
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  (AP) - Donald Trump calls it "an amazing evening." Speaking in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump congratulated Ted Cruz for winning in Texas. But Trump took a shot at rival Marco Rubio, saying the Florida senator had a terrible night. The billionaire predicted he will win Florida's upcoming primary. Trump spoke at a news conference-type event at his mansion. He was introduced by former competitor Chris Christie.
    
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders has won in his home state, Vermont, and kept Hillary Clinton from sweeping the South by also winning Oklahoma. Sanders told his supporters that he will continue to fight on in 35 remaining states. Clinton has won in Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and American Samoa.

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9:49 p.m. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -  Exit polls show government dissatisfaction
           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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9:24 p.m@marcorubio in 2nd place in Hamilton Co. with 6230 votes.

9:23 p.m. @realDonaldTrump winning locally in Hamilton Co. with 7740 votes.

9:14 p.m. NBC News: Oklahoma: Bernie Sanders is the projected winner in the Democratic primary.

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9:10 p.m. NBC News: Oklahoma- Ted Cruz is the projected winner in the GOP primary

8:51 p.m. DEM- Hamilton County

  • Hillary Clinton     7261
  • Bernie Sanders   2436
  • Uncommitted          56
  • Martin J. O' Malley  20
  • Write-in                  15

8:51 p.m.GOP- Hamilton County

  • Donald J. Trump     4623   
  • Marco Rubio           3303
  • Ted Cruz                1981
  • John R. Kasich       1148
  • Ben Carson             852
  • Jeb Bush                457  
  • Rand Paul               181
  • Rick Santorum          87
  • Uncommitted            71
  • Chris Christie            57
  • Mike Huckabee         30
  • Carly Fiorina              17
  • Write-in                     14
  • Lindsey O. Graham      2
  • George Pataki              2
  • Jim Gilmore                 2

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8:47 p.m. NBC News: Virginia- Trump is the projected GOP winner

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8:33 p.m. DEM-Hamilton County

  • Hillary Clinton     5129
  • Bernie Sanders   1712
  • Uncommitted          47
  • Martin J. O' Malley  17
  • Write-in                    9


8:33 p.m. GOP - Hamilton County

  • Donald J. Trump   4210
  • Marco Rubio         2947
  • Ted Cruz              1749
  • John R. Kasich     1061
  • Ben Carson            721
  • Jeb Bush               450
  • Rand Paul              168
  • Rick Santorum         79
  • Uncommitted            66
  • Chris Christie            53
  • Mike Huckabee         26
  • Carly Fiorina              17
  • Write-in                     12
  • Lindsey O. Graham     2
  • George Pataki             2
  • Jim Gilmore                2

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8:29 p.m. NBC News: Arkansas- Clinton is projected Democratic winner and the GOP primary is too close to call.

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8:23 p.m. NBC NEWS reporting GOP race too close to call.

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8:11 p.m. (AP) - DEM Georgia 108 of 2,682 precincts - 4 percent

  • Hillary Clinton,  23,082 - 76 percent
  • Bernie Sanders,  7,070 - 23 percent
  • Martin O'Malley,  168 - 1 percent
  • Michael Steinberg,  132 - 0 percent

8:11 p.m. (AP) - GOP Georgia 108 of 2,682 precincts - 4 percent

  • Donald Trump,  41,341 - 47 percent
  • Ted Cruz,  19,264 - 22 percent
  • Marco Rubio,  18,297 - 21 percent
  • Ben Carson,  4,567 - 5 percent
  • John Kasich,  3,527 - 4 percent
  • Jeb Bush,  962 - 1 percent
  • Mike Huckabee,  231 - 0 percent
  • Rand Paul,  156 - 0 percent
  • Chris Christie,  148 - 0 percent
  • Carly Fiorina,  71 - 0 percent
  • Rick Santorum,  40 - 0 percent
  • Lindsey Graham,  24 - 0 percent
  • George Pataki,  14 - 0 percent

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8:05 p.m. (AP) -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. One polling place at a school in Nashville was put on lockdown for about a half-hour Tuesday morning after neighborhood shootings. Knox County Election officials say some voters had to wait in line for up to two hours to cast a ballot, and there were reports of long lines in some places in Nashville and Memphis.

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8:00 p.m. Tennessee polls are closed.

7:58 p.m NBC News projects in Tennessee, Donald Trump will win the GOP primary, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic race.

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7:56 p.m. In a few minutes, the next cluster of polls close in Alabama, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas. GET READY.

7:55 p.m. KNOXVILLE - Elections admin says two polling stations knocked out by lightning: SOAR youth ministry and West Haven school.  Admin says voting machines running on battery now, but when those die they go to paper ballots. Dozens voters affected.

7:48 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders, celebrating a victory in the Democratic primary in his home state of Vermont, is pledging to "win many hundreds of delegates" on Super Tuesday.
              After thanking the raucous crowd, which periodically chanted his name, he touted how far his campaign had come in the last 10 months.
              And he vowed to "take our fight" to the 35 states that would have not yet voted by night's end.
              He pledged to enact judicial reform, fix the nation's "broken" campaign finance system and he, once again, pledged a "political revolution" and said that he and his supporters would stand up to "billionaire class" that dominates the nation's political system.
              His opponent, Hillary Clinton, has won the contests Tuesday in Georgia and Virginia.
7:45 p.m. Tennessee polls close in 15 minutes. Get out and vote.

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7:41 p.m. NASHVILLE (AP)- Voters wait up to 2 hours in Knoxville    
                Sick election workers, more voters and a long ballot are causing people in Knox County to wait as long as two hours to vote in Tennessee's presidential primaries.  
                 Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers said it's a perfect storm for voters in Knoxville. He also said turnout Tuesday appears to be every bit as strong as it was in the presidential election of November 2012. Anyone still in line when polls close will be able to vote.
                 Rodgers said a number of senior election officials have been sick with the flu and are out.
                 Meanwhile, officials say there is steady turnout across the state despite severe weather. Long lines have been reported at some places in Memphis and Nashville. A polling place in Nashville was closed for about 30 minutes after neighborhood shootings.

7:37 p.m. BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Sanders thanks supporters in home state of Vermont, says campaign is about confronting 'ugly truths'

7:24 p.m. Georgia Secretary of State's office reports that there are still voters in line in multiple precincts.

7:23 p.m. Presidential candidates continue to make the rounds visiting voters. Hillary Clinton (D) is in Miami, FL, Bernie Sanders (D) is in Burlington, VT, Ted Cruz (R) is in Stafford, TX, Marco Rubio is in Miami, FL and Donald Trump is in Florida. 

7:18 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on campaign 2016 on Super Tuesday                                                                                                                     Hillary Clinton has sprinted to an early delegate lead on Super Tuesday.    
Her victories in Georgia and Virginia are giving her an early advantage over Bernie Sanders, who won big in his home state of Vermont. At stake in those three states are 213 delegates. She is assured of at least 108, while Sanders will receive at least 57. Forty-eight remain to be allocated in those three states.
              In all, 865 delegates are up for grabs in 11 states and American Samoa on Super Tuesday. Going into Super Tuesday, Clinton held a 26-delegate advantage based on wins from primaries and caucuses.

7:13 p.m. We posted on Facebook today "#‎SuperTuesday? QUESTION: Did your local voting location make it easy or difficult for you to cast your ballot today?" Here are some of your answers:

        Alli McFarland Crumley Easy as always in Flintstone. I was thrilled with the turn out.

        Tonna Brinson Tabor We voted at Prospect School in Cleveland and they were very organized.

        Brittany Rose Easy!! I went around 8:30 and it was a in and out !! My location was Eton Elementary in Chatsworth Ga

        Lindsay S. Dunn My voting location, Blythe-Bower Elementary in Cleveland, was just fine. My only complaint was that people parallel parked alongside the building and blocked the ramps.

         Tracy Allen The election commission still had me voting in Apison. I haven't lived there in over 5 years. I have changed my address twice with the commission. Both my husband and I "registered" to vote when we renewed our license and they said he wasn't registered.

7:01 p.m. NBC NEWS: GA Dem: Clinton projected winner, GOP Trump projected winner.  VT- Sanders projected winner and too early to call for GOP.                                          VA- Clinton projected Democratic winner & too close for GOP race

7:00 p.m. Georgia polls are closed. Tennessee voters still have an hour left to vote (8 p.m.) 

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6:42 p.m. Georgia polls close soon (7p.m.) Get in line so you can vote.  Tennessee polls close at 8 p.m.

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6:29 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP) - In eight of nine states where exit polls have been conducted today, Democratic voters were more likely to want a continuation of President Barack Obama's policies than a switch to more liberal policies. Large majorities of Republican primary voters have negative feelings toward the federal government. Their levels of dissatisfaction and anger varied by states.

6:15 p.m. Less than an hour to go in Georgia, polls close at 7:00 p.m. Get out and vote.

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5:51 p.m. (NBC NEWS) Super Tuesday Exit Poll Results: Who is Voting for Marco Rubio

          Marco Rubio's voters today look pretty different from Donald Trump's, as they have throughout this election season. He has captured more endorsements from party leaders than have other candidates, and more of his voters say they prefer a candidate who has experience in politics. More of his voters than for the other candidates say they are looking for someone who can win in November.

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5:32 p.m. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on campaign 2016 on Super Tuesday

         In eight of nine states where exit polls were conducted Tuesday, Democratic voters were more likely to want a continuation of President Barack Obama's policies than a switch to more liberal policies.
         According to early results of the exit polls conducted for the Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research, majorities of Democratic voters in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia want a continuation of Obama's policies, along with more than 4 in 10 voters in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Texas.
         In each of those states, about a third of Democratic voters or less want a switch to more liberal policies.
         In Vermont, about half of Democratic primary voters said they want the next president to change to more liberal policies.
         Large majorities of Republican primary voters across nine states have negative feelings toward the federal government.
         But whether they're more dissatisfied or more angry varies by state.
         According to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research, at least 8 in 10 GOP primary voters in each state feel down on the way the federal government is working.
        The dissatisfied outnumbered the angry and accounted for a half or more of Republican voters in Virginia, Vermont and Massachusetts.
         In Texas, half of GOP primary voters said they were angry.
         In Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, GOP voters were more evenly split between dissatisfaction and anger.
 

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5:07 p.m. CHICAGO (AP) -Judge tosses ballot challenge against Cruz in Illinois
    A judge has dismissed a claim that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz isn't eligible for the Illinois ballot because he was born in Canada.
    Cook County Circuit Court Judge Maureen Ward Kirby tossed the case on a technicality Tuesday.
    Kirby says the suburban Chicago attorney who filed the complaint, Lawrence Joyce, failed to give a copy of it to Cruz or state electoral board members, as required by Illinois law. Instead, Joyce served only lawyers representing Cruz and the board.
    Joyce says the Texas senator can't be president because he wasn't born in the U.S. Cruz and some legal experts say he's eligible because his mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born.
    Joyce says he'll decide whether to appeal after seeing how Cruz fares in Super Tuesday primaries.
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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4:42 p.m. NASHVILLE (AP) - The Latest on the Tennessee Super Tuesday presidential primary:
    Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander have cast their ballots for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in Tennessee's Republican presidential primary.
    Haslam and Alexander endorsed Rubio in the closing days of the primary campaign in Tennessee, arguing that he represents the best chance to win the general election this fall.
    They both appeared at a Rubio rally at the Knoxville airport in Knoxville on Monday. Haslam told the crowd at that event that a supporter of Donald Trump had tried to argue that the candidate would change if he becomes the nominee or the president.
     Haslam said he responded that it would be "too late" if Trump wins. In Haslam's words: "The decisions are too hard, the consequences are too big for our country."
    Haslam voted in his hometown of Knoxville, while Alexander voted in Townsend.                                                                                            (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

4:04 p.m. Still need to vote? You have until 8 p.m.in Tennessee and 7 p.m. in Georgia.

3:52 p.m. RED BANK - As of 3 hrs ago more than 400 voted at this Red Bank poll alone. Steady turnout all day.

3:41 p.m. NORTH GEORGIA -  Steady stream of voters in downtown Ringgold.

3:31 p.m. ATLANTA (AP) -Georgia voters make their presidential picks    
      Voters in Georgia get their chance to influence the presidential race at the polls, with one of the largest delegate totals among 12 states voting in primaries.    
      Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
      Georgia's deep-red status and high delegate count drew last-minute visits from multiple Republican candidates ahead of the Super Tuesday election.         Democrats, meanwhile, know the state's large minority population makes black voters essential to winning a party primary in Georgia.
      Recent polling in the state shows Donald Trump leading Republicans and Hillary Clinton ahead in the Democratic race.
      Secretary of State Brian Kemp championed moving up Georgia's primary to March 1. He says Georgia's racial and political diversity makes it a key state for both Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls, particularly with an earlier primary date.                                                                         (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

2:20 p.m. NASHVILLE (AP) - Sanders supporter not expecting him to win

        Memphis resident Lisa Goodwin says she voted for Democrat Bernie Sanders in Tennessee's Super Tuesday presidential primary but doesn't expect him to win the nomination.     
Goodwin says she just wanted to show her support for Sanders and says she isn't afraid of his ideas, which she called "socialist."
    Sanders' opponent, Hillary Clinton, got the support of Gloria Pryor-Lewis and her daughter, Greta Lewis, who voted at Central Christian Church in Memphis on a rainy day. The women are black, and Greta Lewis praised Clinton's support of minorities.
     John K. O'Brien Jr. of Memphis said he voted for Donald Trump, who O'Brien said has "backbone" and isn't obligated to anyone. O'Brien said Trump is running to "change the country."
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


 

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