- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The latest on Campaign 2016 on Super Tuesday in Vermont:

12:05 a.m.

New York businessman Donald Trump is the winner of the Vermont Super Tuesday Republican primary.

The race went late into the night with Trump eking out a narrow victory over Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

With 86 percent of Vermont’s voting precincts reporting, Trump led Kasich by just under 2 percentage points.

Of the Republicans remaining in the race, Kasich is followed by Marco Rubio with just under 10 percent, Ted Cruz with 5 and Ben Carson with 2.

Meanwhile, Vermonters gave U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders a convincing Super Tuesday win in the state’s Democratic primary over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to supporters Tuesday evening in Essex Junction Sanders noted that it’s also town meeting day, which is about people arguing about issues and “then they vote, one person one vote.”

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11:40 p.m.

The Republican side of Vermont’s Super Tuesday voting is too close to call.

With about 83 percent of Vermont’s voting precincts reporting, New York businessman Donald Trump is leading Gov. John Kasich of Ohio by just under 2 percentage points.

Of the Republicans remaining in the race, Kasich is followed by Marco Rubio with just under 10 percent, Ted Cruz with 5 and Ben Carson with 2.

Meanwhile, Vermonters gave U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders a convincing Super Tuesday win in the state’s Democratic primary over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to supporters Tuesday evening in Essex Junction Sanders noted that it’s also town meeting day, which is about people arguing about issues and “then they vote, one person one vote.”

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10:05 p.m.

The Republican side of Vermont’s Super Tuesday voting is a tight one.

With about 62 percent of Vermont’s voting precincts reporting, New York businessman Donald Trump is leading Gov. John Kasich of Ohio by just under 2 percentage points.

Of the Republicans remaining in the race, Kasich is followed by Marco Rubio with just under 10 percent, Ted Cruz with 5 and Ben Carson with 2.

Meanwhile, Vermonters gave U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders a convincing Super Tuesday win in the state’s Democratic primary over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to supporters Tuesday evening in Essex Junction Sanders noted that it’s also town meeting day, which is about people arguing about issues and “then they vote, one person one vote.”

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7 p.m.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is being treated like a hero at the polls in his home state.

When the polls closed at 7 p.m. The Associated Press declared Sanders the winner of the state’s Democratic primary on Super Tuesday, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sanders, who cast his ballot early Tuesday at a recreation center in his home town of Burlington, is holding a rally Tuesday night in Essex Junction.

After voting he said that if there were a large voter turnout across the country he’d do well. He says that without that turnout, “we’ll be struggling.”

Vermont election officials reported a moderate to heavy turnouts. There were reports some communities ran out of ballots.

3:30 p.m.

Around Bernie Sanders’ home state of Vermont, voters are casting their ballots in the presidential primary.

Forty-three-year-old Gail MacDonald of Barre says she voted for Sanders in the Democratic primary because s”he didn’t take money from the big banks for his campaign.” She also says she supports universal health care.

Sixty-one-year-old Renee Carpenter of East Montpelier says her decision to vote for Sanders was a “no-brainer.” The self-employed mother of five grown children says Sanders has a long record of voting for the people and despite the polarization in Congress has a strong record of getting things done.

Mark Sargent of East Montpelier says he voted in the Republican primary for Marco Rubio, calling Donald Trump “a bit of a bully.”

2:45 p.m.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says no significant problems are being reported across the state as Vermonters go to the polls as part of Town Meeting Day and the Super Tuesday presidential primary voting.

At mid-afternoon, Condos said turnout across the state is being described as moderate to heavy, although it was especially heavy in Burlington’s New North End neighborhood, near the home of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

While he wouldn’t predict voter turnout, Condos said Tuesday’s voting could rival 2008 when more than 46 percent of Vermonters are who are registered to vote cast ballots.

Sanders is planning a rally Tuesday evening in Essex Junction.

8:50 a.m.

Burlington might be U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s home turf, but not everyone is backing his bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency on Super Tuesday.

Just after Sanders cast his vote at a recreation center in Burlington’s New North End, Laura Benner, a 50-year-old single mother from South Burlington, Vermont, was putting up Donald Trump signs.

She says that she and many of her friends and neighbors across with Trump’s call to “make America great again.”

But Sanders does have his supporters.

Fifty-nine-year-old David Bogdan, of Burlington, works in a nonprofit for children’s services, says he voted for Sanders because there’s too much wealth and power in politics. He wants to get back to “a real Democracy where people have a say.”

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7:55 a.m.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has voted in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont as Super Tuesday kicks off across 11 states.

Sanders tells reporters that if voter turnout is high “we are going to do well. If not, we’re probably going to be struggling.”

Sanders says “this is a campaign that is going to the Philadelphia convention in July.”

He jokes that “Bernie Sanders here in Vermont got at least one vote. I was working on my wife,” Jane. He says, “we’re feeling pretty good.”

Sanders is also planning a rally for Tuesday evening in Essex Junction.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also on Vermont’s Democratic primary ballot.

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are among the names on the Republican ballot.

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7 a.m.

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be casting his Super Tuesday ballot in his home town of Burlington.

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, is also planning a rally for Tuesday evening in Essex Junction.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also on Vermont’s Democratic primary ballot.

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are among the names on the Republican ballot.

In addition to being the presidential primary, Tuesday is Town Meeting Day and Vermonters statewide will be deciding local town and school issues.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he’s expecting a high voter turnout.

Opening times for the polls varies by town, but all must be open by 10 a.m. Polls close at 7 p.m.

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