- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story March 1 about Georgia’s presidential primaries, The Associated Press reported erroneously comments from a spokesman for the secretary of state. The spokesman said record early voting suggested Tuesday’s turnout at the polls would be strong; he did not say that overall turnout could set a record for presidential primaries.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Donald Trump wins Georgia’s Republican primary

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Georgia, taking home his first win in the group of contests known as Super Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on Georgia’s primary voting (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Georgia, taking home his first win in the group of contests known as Super Tuesday.

The Republican front-runner has already won three of the previous four nomination contests, putting him ahead of his rivals, particularly Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Many feel they need a strong showing on Tuesday to keep their campaigns afloat.

Trump posted a message on Twitter reading “Thank you Georgia” moments after polls closed.

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7:30 p.m.

Preliminary results of exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television networks showed that Georgia’s Democrats turned out overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.

The exit polls showed that women, blacks and older voters helped the former secretary of state pull out a clear victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Republican voters who want an outsider as the next president made a strong showing for Donald Trump in Georgia, much like they did last month in neighboring South Carolina.

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7 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primaries in Virginia and Georgia, while Bernie Sanders has won in his home state of Vermont.

According to early results of the exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and Television Networks, Clinton led in both Virginia and Georgia among both men and women. Sanders led among voters under 30 and Clinton held a commanding lead among those 45 and over.

In Vermont, Bernie Sanders was supported by overwhelming majorities of both men and women, and huge majorities of voters across all age groups.

Half of Vermont Democrats said they want the next president’s policies to be more liberal than those of President Barack Obama.

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6:30 p.m.

Ty McCain characterized his vote for Donald Trump as an “anti-establishment” choice.

After voting Tuesday afternoon at a library in Atlanta’s well-off Buckhead neighborhood, McCain said he admired Trump’s early “self-funded” approach to the campaign. Trump initially made a personal loan to his campaign, and later began accepting contributions. McCain also said he doesn’t trust the other GOP candidates still in the race, particularly Marco Rubio.

“All these other guys are giving lip service to change,” McCain, a 47-year-old attorney, said. “Trump is putting his money where his mouth is.”

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5 p.m.

Susan Myers says her decision to vote for Hillary Clinton was an easy one.

The 73-year-old real estate agent from Savannah cast her first presidential primary ballot for Clinton back in 2008, when Clinton’s opponent for the Democratic nomination was Barack Obama.

Myers, who voted Tuesday in Savannah’s downtown historic district, says Clinton has the intelligence and experience to be president. Plus, she said: “I think we need more women in politics.”

Myers says she never even gave a thought to supporting Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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1:15 p.m.

Georgia’s move to join other states in Super Tuesday’s “SEC Primary” appears to be paying dividends.

Officials with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office said the exact number of voters will be hard to determine before the polls close at 7 p.m., but they expect a strong turnout at the polls.

The latest numbers for early voting show more than 417,000 ballots had been cast heading into Tuesday, with Republicans making up a sizeable majority. Officials said this easily shattered the previous record for early voting set in 2008.

The secretary of state’s office also urged voters to make sure they have a valid photo ID on them when they enter their precinct to vote.

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12:40 p.m.

Mike Morrow carried his infant in a car seat as he exited the polls at Argyle Elementary in Smyrna on Super Tuesday.

Wearing a shirt depicting former U.S. President Ronald Reagan wearing an American flag headband, Morrow said he cast his vote for Republican Donald Trump.

Morrow said he voted for Trump because he’s “tired of Washington politics” and thinks the businessman and reality TV star will do what he says he will do as president.

Richard Cox said he also voted for the GOP candidate, but added that Trump wasn’t the only Republican that had his support.

Cox said he also likes Dr. Ben Carson.

Polls are scheduled to be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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11:30 a.m.

Althea Joefield of Atlanta says she wants to see what an America would be like with a woman in the White House.

Outside her polling place at a church on Peachtree Street on Tuesday morning, she said “that’s what brought me out of my bed and brought me out here.” Joefield was voting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a congregation that traces its beginning to 1863 during the American Civil War.

Joefield said she also believes Hillary Clinton could bring “a wealth of experience” to the job. Joefield said that Clinton also has a vast support network, including her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Georgia has one of the largest delegate totals in the presidential race among 12 states voting in primaries on “Super Tuesday.”

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8:15 a.m.

Forecasters say strong to severe storms will be possible in the final hours of voting in Georgia’s primary elections.

The National Weather Service says the best chances for storms in the state will be after 4 p.m. Tuesday. Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m.

The weather service projects that the best chances for storms will be in a large part of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta, which is at slight risk of storms that could include frequent lightning and isolated tornadoes.

Parts of Middle Georgia and east Georgia - including Columbus, Macon and Augusta - will be at lesser risk of the storms.

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7 a.m.

Polls have opened and voting has started in Georgia’s primary elections.

Georgia has one of the largest delegate totals in the presidential race among 12 states voting in primaries.

Recent polling in the state shows Donald Trump leading Republicans and Hillary Clinton ahead in the Democratic race.

The polls will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp championed moving up Georgia’s primary to March 1. He says Georgia’s racial and political diversity makes it a key state for both Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls, particularly with an earlier primary date.

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5 a.m.

Voters in Georgia get their chance to influence the presidential race at the polls, with one of the largest delegate totals among 12 states voting in primaries.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Georgia’s deep-red status and high delegate count drew last-minute visits from multiple Republican candidates ahead of the Super Tuesday election. Democrats, meanwhile, know the state’s large minority population makes black voters essential to winning a party primary in Georgia.

Recent polling in the state shows Donald Trump leading Republicans and Hillary Clinton ahead in the Democratic race.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp championed moving up Georgia’s primary to March 1. He says Georgia’s racial and political diversity makes it a key state for both Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls, particularly with an earlier primary date.

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