- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on the results from Arkansas’ primary election on Tuesday (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Arkansas’ former first lady enjoyed overwhelming support throughout the state in this year’s Democratic presidential primary, winning at least 73 of the state’s 75 counties.

Hillary Clinton fared best in the Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas including Lee County, where she picked up nearly 90 percent of the vote against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton won more than three-quarters of the vote in 16 Arkansas counties in the eastern or southern part of the state, along with Pulaski County.

Sanders won just one county - Newton - while votes were still pending in Carroll County, which reported tabulation trouble.

An exit poll conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks found that nine in 10 black voters in Arkansas’ Democratic primary supported Clinton. The exit poll also found that Clinton captured the support from eight out of 10 Democratic voters in Arkansas who are 45 or older.

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3:55 p.m.

House and Senate Democrats are asking Gov. Asa Hutchinson to consider including a series of campaign finance and ethics measures on the agenda for next month’s special session.

The Democratic leaders in both chambers submitted a package of measures they want the Republican governor to put on the call for the session, which is expected to begin April 6.

The proposals include a ban on state elected officials from forming or holding more than one political action committee and repealing a 30-day “cure period” allowed for certain campaign finance violations.

The package also includes legislation to require outside groups to disclose their donors and spending in campaigns. The proposal comes after Judicial Crisis Network, which isn’t required by law to disclose its donors, spent more than $600,000 on television ads in the Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice race.

2:30 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he hopes the record-breaking amounts spent by outside groups on Arkansas’ Supreme Court races this year spur lawmakers to look at ending the popular election of justices.

Hutchinson said Wednesday he thinks there needs to be reforms in how justices to the state’s high court are selected and said he expected the issue to be on the agenda during next year’s legislative session. A state lawmaker has said he’ll likely try again with a proposal to have justices appointed by the governor rather than popularly elected.

Nearly $1.3 million had been spent by candidates and groups on television ads in two open Supreme Court races, with the bulk going toward the race for chief justice. Circuit Judge Dan Kemp defeated Justice Courtney Goodson in the chief justice race after two groups had targeted her with mailers and TV ads.

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1:30 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’ll support Donald Trump if Trump is the Republican presidential nominee this year.

But Hutchinson is hedging on whether he’d actively campaign for the billionaire developer in the general election.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club on Wednesday, Hutchinson said Trump needs to prove to mainstream Republicans he is capable of presidential leadership despite divisive comments.

Trump won Arkansas’ Republican primary on Tuesday, even though top GOP leaders lined up behind his rivals. Hutchinson has endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s bid for the nomination.

When asked if he’d campaign actively for Trump, Hutchinson replied: “We’ll see. I have a state to run.”

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1:05 p.m.

Unofficial election results show that Republican Donald Trump picked up wins in more than two-thirds of Arkansas’ 75 counties, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz enjoyed the strongest support in central Arkansas.

Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in first in just two Arkansas counties - Benton County in northwest Arkansas and Pulaski County, home to the state capital.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary in Arkansas show Trump picking up nearly 130,000 votes, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Cruz followed with about 121,000 votes and Rubio had just under 100,000.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has suspended his presidential campaign, received more than 4,500 votes in Tuesday’s primary.

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12:45 p.m.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas’ primary is a victory for his push to keep the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion after several lawmakers who have supported the program survived challenges from rivals and conservative groups.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club Wednesday, Hutchinson said the victories by several GOP lawmakers he had endorsed doesn’t guarantee his plan will be approved in a special session next month.

Hutchinson has proposed keeping the expansion, but adding new restrictions and renaming it Arkansas Works.

Conservative groups and primary challengers had portrayed the hybrid expansion as an embrace of the federal health overhaul.

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11:30 a.m.

Arkansas’ former first lady enjoyed overwhelming support throughout the state in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary.

Hillary Clinton fared best in the Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas including Lee County, where she picked up nearly 90 percent of the vote against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Unofficial results show that Clinton won more than three-quarters of the vote in 16 Arkansas counties - all in the eastern or southern part of the state along with Pulaski County, which is home to Little Rock.

An exit poll conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks found that nine in 10 black voters in Arkansas’ Democratic primary supported Clinton. The exit poll also found that Clinton captured the support from eight out of 10 Democratic voters in Arkansas who are 45 or older.

According to unofficial results, Clinton fared worst in Madison County, where she won by seven votes over Sanders.

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12:30 a.m.

With a vow to represent “conservative values” and the backing of the National Rifle Association, Courtney Goodson seemed poised to take advantage of the trend to the political right in Arkansas and become the first woman elected to lead the state Supreme Court.

Instead, the sitting justice became a target for conservative groups that shattered Arkansas spending records to defeat her as part of a bid to reshape the nation’s state courts. The effort paid off, with two circuit judges reaping the rewards Tuesday night in a pair of high court races that featured a barrage of attack ads and campaign mailers that rivaled the vitriol of the presidential race.

Circuit Judge Dan Kemp defeated Goodson in the race to lead the seven-member court, succeeding interim Chief Justice Howard Brill.

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