Super Tuesday: Hillary Clinton wins Virginia, Georgia

Super Tuesday: Hillary Clinton wins Virginia, Georgia

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 1:42 am

* Trump also wins Georgia

 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

U.S. Democratic presidential Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored early primary wins on Tuesday in Georgia, CNN projected, as the two presidential front-runners looked to take command of their party nominating battles on the 2016 campaign’s biggest night of voting.

Georgia was one of 12 states voting on Super Tuesday, and opinion polls showed Trump leading in nearly all of them on the way to a possible big night that would intensify worries among Republican leaders who fear the billionaire could inflict long-term damage on the party.

Exit polls indicated that Virginia and Vermont were too close to call for Republicans as balloting ended in the two states, networks said.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, also was projected to win Virginia and hoped to take a big step toward wrapping up her nomination fight with rival Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist U.S. senator from Vermont.

Sanders was projected by ABC and MSNBC to win his home state of Vermont, one of five states he was hoping to capture on Tuesday.

Super Tuesday is the biggest single day of state-by-state contests to select party nominees for the Nov. 8 election to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama. Voting stretches from eastern states to Texas and Minnesota, with the first polls closing at 7 p.m. EST in Vermont, Virginia and Georgia.

Trump has worried many in the Republican establishment with proposals such as building a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, deporting 11 million illegal immigrants and slapping a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.

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