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Hillary Clinton Beats Bernie Sanders In Virginia Primary

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beat Sen. Bernie Sanders handily in the Virginia primary Tuesday, further solidifying her front-runner status.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton won 64.3 percent of the vote and grabbed 61 delegates. Sanders’s won 32 delegates with 35.2 percent of the vote.

Clinton’s win was an expected result in a pivotal swing state. Snagging the diverse Virginia electorate adds weight to the view she is the inevitable Democratic nominee, despite Sanders’ surge in a few states and overwhelming support among young people.

Turnout was expected to be high in Virginia, as in many of the states holding primaries and caucuses this Super Tuesday. Virginia law allows any registered voter to participate in the Democratic primary, and the 95 delegates up for grabs are awarded proportionally, rather than a winner-take-all system.

Clinton led by more than 20 points in several Virginia primary polls leading up to the race, with a Real Clear Politics polling average that put her 21.5 points ahead of Sanders.

Clinton had secured 546 delegates in the race going into Super Tuesday, compared to Sanders’s 87.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m.

Here are the other states holding primaries on Super Tuesday: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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