Clinton wins Georgia, Virginia as polls close on Super Tuesday

Early Victories in VA, GA for Clinton

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.

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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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Clinton wins Georgia, Virginia as polls close on Super Tuesday
If Trump pulls off wins in Virginia and Oklahoma, tonight will be an unqualified success for his campaign. #SuperTuesday
Notice that no one is even covering kasich and Carson? They need to drop out! #SuperTuesday
In other news all my predictions about Hillary being inevitable look pretty good.
Arkansas — the polls close in 1 hour! Find your polling place here and get out and vote: #arpx #SuperTuesday
My take: Where is "Rubio Country"? @CNN #SuperTuesday
Gotta love seeing the line out the door for the Republican caucus #SuperTuesday
Georgia... I'm so disappointed 😩 #SuperTuesday
...Wow. We left early & should be there already, but traffic is TERRIBLE. But it's good so many people are participating in #SuperTuesday.
Virginia is for Hillary! Congratulations to @HillaryClinton on a #SuperTuesday primary victory here tonight #HillaryforVA
Sen. Sanders promises 'Vermont values.' And those are. . . ?
Trump wins Massachusetts, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Now fighting off Kasich, Cruz and Rubio in other states. #SuperTuesday
Bernie says the Super PACs and Wall Street are against him. Doesn't mention African-American voters, who are also against him.
Very interesting Oklahoma is too close to call for Dems and Republicans.
If Trump were anyone other than Trump it would be over.
Who would Jesus vote for? To him walls, wealth, & torture are non-starters, so probably the Jewish New Yorker from Vermont.

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.

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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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