- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Voters seeking an experienced candidate propelled Hillary Clinton to a strong victory in Georgia Tuesday, while Republicans who want an outsider as president handed Donald Trump a win, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television networks.

About 7 in 10 Democrats, including more than 8 in 10 black voters, chose the former Secretary of State Clinton. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders struggled to win any group of voters in the state.

On the Republican side, about 4 in 10 voters selected businessman and reality television star Trump, showing he could count on the support of voters from different age groups, income levels and educational backgrounds.

Here’s what the exit polls found in the Peach State:

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CLINTON CONTINUED TO WIN BLACK VOTES IN THE SOUTH

About half of voters in Georgia’s Democratic primary were African-American, and more than 8 in 10 of them favored Clinton. That mirrors her strong showing among black voters in other Southern states.

White voters accounted for nearly 4 in 10 of Georgia Democrats, and they gave Clinton a narrower margin of victory. Nearly two-thirds of white women supported Clinton, while white men were more evenly split.

Eight in 10 voters over age 45 supported Clinton, and she ate into Sanders’ support from younger voters with nearly 6 in 10 voters under 45 voting for her.

Overall, three-quarters of Democratic women voted for Clinton, while nearly two-thirds of men supported her.

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TRUMP LEADS AMONG REPUBLICANS WHO WANT AN OUTSIDER

More than 6 in 10 GOP voters who said they wanted an outsider to be the next president went for Donald Trump. Those who were angry at the government also favored the businessman.

Of Republicans who said the ability to bring needed change was the most important factor in their decision, nearly half chose Trump.

About 4 in 10 Republicans who said they are somewhat or very worried about the economy voted for Trump.

Trump also continued to maintain his momentum among religious voters. Of the roughly 7 in 10 Georgia Republicans who identified as born-again or evangelical Christians, about 4 in 10 of them voted for Trump.

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DEMOCRATS WANT EXPERIENCE

Democrats overwhelmingly said they wanted a candidate with experience in politics, and three-quarters of those seeking a political veteran voted for Clinton.

More than 6 in 10 Democrats said they generally want the next president to continue the policies of President Barack Obama, and 8 in 10 of those voters chose Clinton. Of those who’d like to see more liberal policies going forward, more than half favored Sanders.

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BAN ON NON-CITIZEN MUSLIMS POPULAR AMONG REPUBLICANS

Almost 7 in 10 Republican voters said they believe that Muslims who are not U.S. citizens should not be allowed to enter the country, and nearly half of those voters selected Trump.

About half of Republican voters said people who are in the country illegally should be deported or given a chance to apply for legal status. But of those who think they should be deported, over half supported Trump.

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The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research as voters left their polling places at 30 randomly selected sites in Georgia. Results include interviews with 1,491 Democratic primary voters, including 262 absentee or early voters who were interviewed by phone before election day, and with 1,704 Republican primary voters, including 274 absentee or early voters interviewed by phone. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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