- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on Georgia’s presidential primaries (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Unofficial election results show that businessman Donald Trump won all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties in metro Atlanta and Clarke County.

Trump received around 500,000 votes in the unofficial results with 100 percent of precincts reporting; Rubio received around 315,000 while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in third with around 305,000.

Hillary Clinton nearly swept the state. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders narrowly won Echols County in south Georgia, 36 votes to Clinton’s 32 there.

Clinton received around 540,000 votes while Sanders got just less than 215,000 in unofficial results.

Unofficial results showed more than 2 million Georgians voted in Tuesday’s primary. About 760,000 people voted in the Democratic primary, while nearly 1.3 million voted in the Republican primary.


4:00 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s decisive primary victory in Georgia confirmed one maxim in state politics: Democrats need African-American voters to win.

Clinton’s victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hinged on turning out the state’s large black population, which is a historically Democratic voting bloc. About 4 in 10 voters in Georgia’s Democratic primary were African-American, and about 8 in 10 of them favored Clinton. That mirrors her strong showing in South Carolina over the weekend and in other Southern states Tuesday.

GOP winner Donald Trump, though, got broad support regardless of voters’ age, income and education level. U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio did peel away enough support to prevent Trump from taking a larger share of the state delegates. Cruz and Rubio were battling for second place as vote-counting continued Tuesday night.

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