Clinton wins Georgia, Virginia as polls close on Super Tuesday
Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in the Georgia and Virginia Democratic primaries, the start of what could be a dominating performance among the 11 Super Tuesday states to give her an all-but-insurmountable lead in delegates for the party's presidential nomination.
Clinton was declared the winner in the two states by CNN and MSNBC shortly after the polls closed. Sanders won his home state of Vermont. The results were expected based on earlier voter surveys.
The former secretary of state is poised to win a large share of the 884 pledged delegates at stake in Tuesday's contests -- about a third of those necessary to claim the nomination -- to expand her advantage over Sanders. Her campaign anticipated a strong showing particularly in the south.
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As she gets closer to locking up the Democratic race, Clinton has begun to turn attention to Republican front-runner Donald Trump in anticipation of a possible general election campaign. Sanders vowed on Tuesday to continue his campaign until the party's nominating convention in July.
Voting ends at 8 p.m. Eastern in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and most of Texas, with results rolling in later from the Democratic contests in Arkansas, Minnesota and Colorado.
Clinton has dominated the race since Sanders essentially tied her in the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1 and defeated her by more than 22 percentage points a week later in New Hampshire. She won the Nevada caucuses Feb. 20 in the first test in a state with a large minority population, and won the South Carolina primary Feb. 27 by almost 48 percentage points.
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