- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Donald Trump won Maryland’s Republican primary with strong backing from voters angry about how government is working and eager for a president who can bring change, according to exit polls released Tuesday.

In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton won with heavy support from women, blacks, voters who want to continue President Barack Obama’s policies and those who consider experience to be the most important quality, according to data from the surveys conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

Here are more details of what the exit polls found in Maryland:

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IF THERE’S A CONTESTED GOP CONVENTION

The GOP nomination could be decided at a contested convention if nobody should win a majority of delegates in advance. About two-thirds of the voters said the nomination should go to the candidate who wins the most votes in the primaries. Seven in 10 of the voters in that group were backers of Trump, the front-runner.

Among those who said the nomination should go to the candidate the delegates think is best, slightly more than half were John Kasich supporters and three in 10 were Ted Cruz voters.

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TRUMP STRONG AMONG ALL DEMOGRAPHICS

Ideology, sex, education, wealth - it didn’t matter. Trump got solid backing across the board. At least half of moderates and conservatives alike supported Trump.

Trump got almost 6 in 10 male votes and nearly half of female votes in the three-way race.

About 6 in 10 voters ages 65 and over voted for Trump, along with a little more than half of those 40-64. Those under 30 split between the three candidates.

Nearly 6 in 10 voters were college graduates, and nearly half of that group voted for Trump. About 6 in 10 of those without college diplomas backed Trump.

At every income level, Trump picked up the support of nearly half the voters or even more.

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QUALITIES THE VOTERS WANT

Three in 10 GOP voters want a president who can bring needed change, and about 7 in 10 of that group backed Trump.

Among the one-fifth looking for someone to tell it like it is, nearly 9 in 10 were Trump voters.

About one-third of the voters want a president who shares their values, and they were split between Cruz and Kasich.

On the Democratic side, 3 in 10 voters listed the right experience as the top quality, and about 9 in 10 of those voters backed Clinton. Of voters backing Clinton, 7 in 10 said they wanted the next president to generally continue with the policies of President Barack Obama.

About one-fifth of the voters said honesty was No. 1, and about two-thirds of that group voted for Sanders. A little more than 1 in 10 voters said being able to win in November was mattered most, and about 8 in 10 in that group voted for Clinton.

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THE AGE, RACE AND SEX SPLITS

A little more than 1 in 10 Democratic voters were 29 or under, but almost 7 in 10 of those voters backed the 74-year-old Sanders.

About 3 in 10 voters were 45 to 64 years old, and more than three-fourths of them voted for Clinton.

Six in 10 voters were female, and Clinton was the choice of nearly 7 in 10 voters in that group.

Nearly half the voters were black, and Clinton won the votes of about three-quarters of them.

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MY CANDIDATE OR ELSE

Cruz is the least popular GOP candidate among his rivals’ supporters, with 3 in 10 saying they won’t vote for him if he’s the nominee. About one-fourth wouldn’t vote for Trump or Kasich.

On the Democratic side, nearly a fourth said they wouldn’t vote for Sanders if he gets the nomination. That’s close to twice the percentage of those who wouldn’t vote for Clinton.

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METHODOLOGY

The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research as voters left their polling places at 25 randomly selected sites in Maryland. Preliminary results include interviews with 1,364 Democratic primary voters and 835 Republican primary voters. The results of the Republican primary have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points and the Democrats a margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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