- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on the Tennessee Super Tuesday presidential primary (all times local):


8:30 p.m.

Preliminary exit poll results show Democrat Hillary Clinton did especially well among older voters and blacks in Tennessee’s presidential primaries, while Republican Donald Trump was the choice of voters favoring a non-establishment candidate.

Both candidates enjoyed large margins in Tennessee on Tuesday.

Exit polls conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks also showed Tennessee voters, especially Republicans, are dissatisfied with the current state of the federal government. Voters from both parties worry about the economy.

Voters from both parties said they were concerned about the direction of the nation’s economy in coming years, but Republican voters were more likely to say they’re very worried about it.


7:30 p.m.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he is “encouraged” by the high turnout for Tennessee’s presidential primaries, even though Republican voters didn’t get behind the candidate he endorsed.

In a statement issued after the polls closed and Donald Trump was declared the winner, Haslam said the “greatest thing” about the democratic process is the citizens’ right to choose their leaders.

Haslam says Tennesseans who flocked to the polls Tuesday and in early voting “didn’t take that right for granted.”

Haslam last week endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, filmed a TV ad and appeared at a Monday rally with the candidate at the Knoxville airport.

Still, GOP voters gave Trump a comfortable margin in Tennessee on Tuesday.


7 p.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their party primaries in Tennessee.

The latest wins put the two candidates ahead of their rivals in the group of contests known as Super Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump and Clinton won the primaries in Georgia. Clinton also won the Democratic primary in Virginia, while her rival, Bernie Sanders, won the contest in his home state of Vermont.


7 p.m.

Polls have closed across Tennessee after reports of long lines and brisk turnout as voters cast ballots on Super Tuesday across the Volunteer State.

Anyone still in line when the polls close will be allowed to vote.

State Election officials said there was steady voter turnout, despite severe weather in some places. There were no reports of major problem at polls.

One polling place at a school in Nashville was put on lockdown for about a half-hour Tuesday morning after neighborhood shootings.

Knox County Election officials say some voters had to wait in line for up to two hours to cast a ballot, and there were reports of long lines in some places in Nashville and Memphis.


5:45 p.m.

Sick election workers, more voters and a long ballot are causing people in Knox County to wait as long as two hours to vote in Tennessee’s presidential primaries.

Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers said it’s a perfect storm for voters in Knoxville. He also said turnout Tuesday appears to be every bit as strong as it was in the presidential election of November 2012. Anyone still in line when polls close will be able to vote.

Rodgers said a number of senior election officials have been sick with the flu and are out.

Meanwhile, officials say there is steady turnout across the state despite severe weather. Long lines have been reported at some places in Memphis and Nashville. A polling place in Nashville was closed for about 30 minutes after neighborhood shootings.


3:30 p.m.

Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander have cast their ballots for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary.

Haslam and Alexander endorsed Rubio in the closing days of the primary campaign in Tennessee, arguing that he represents the best chance to win the general election this fall.

They both appeared at a Rubio rally at the Knoxville airport in Knoxville on Monday. Haslam told the crowd at that event that a supporter of Donald Trump had tried to argue that the candidate would change if he becomes the nominee or the president.

Haslam said he responded that it would be “too late” if Trump wins. In Haslam’s words: “The decisions are too hard, the consequences are too big for our country.”

Haslam voted in his hometown of Knoxville, while Alexander voted in Townsend.


2:20 p.m.

Memphis artist Lisa Goodwin says she voted for Democrat Bernie Sanders in Tennessee’s Super Tuesday presidential primary but doesn’t expect him to win the nomination.

Goodwin says she just wanted to show her support for Sanders and says she isn’t afraid of his ideas, which she called “socialist.”

Sanders’ opponent, Hillary Clinton, got the support of Gloria Pryor-Lewis and her daughter, Greta Lewis, who voted at Central Christian Church in Memphis on a rainy day. The women are black, and Greta Lewis praised Clinton’s support of minorities.

John K. O’Brien Jr. of Memphis said he voted for Donald Trump, who O’Brien said has “backbone” and isn’t obligated to anyone. O’Brien said Trump is running to “change the country.”


12:15 p.m.

Julia Price, an attorney from Knoxville, says she registered for the Republican primary specifically so that she could vote against Donald Trump.

Price, who cast her vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said she wanted “to vote for somebody who wasn’t Donald Trump” in the hope that the New York billionaire wouldn’t win Tennessee.

Normally, she says she’s a Democrat and she plans to vote that way in the general election.


10:05 a.m.

People are heading to polling places across Tennessee to cast ballots for their candidates in the Super Tuesday presidential primary. Voters at a polling place in Nashville had different reasons for supporting candidates.

Russell Harwell, a Nashville attorney, said he decided to support Republican Marco Rubio after Jeb Bush dropped out. He says endorsements from Gov. Bill Haslam and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist helped him decide on Rubio over Ted Cruz.

Retired real estate agent Penny Teselle said she voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton because “she’s the most qualified.”

Meanwhile, aspiring composer Michael Quintana stood outside a polling station at Belmont University blowing a conch in support of Bernie Sanders.


6 a.m.

Tennessee voters are heading to the polls to make their choices in the state’s Super Tuesday presidential primary.

The primary comes after several days of spirited campaigning around the state by all five candidates seeking the Republican nomination and by one of the two Democrats remaining in the race.

Sixty-seven delegates are up from grabs in the Democratic primary, while 58 Republican delegates will be split up among any candidates that reach a threshold of 20 percent of the vote.

While Tennessee Republicans have given the nod to religious conservatives in the last two presidential primaries, Donald Trump has drawn huge crowds and widespread support in this year’s campaign.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Lamar Alexander have endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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