Posted at 8:45 p.m. on March 8
Hillary Clinton secured a lopsided win ahead of Bernie Sanders in the Mississippi Democratic primary Tuesday night, while Donald Trump scored a solid victory in the GOP field, according to early reports.
Clinton continued her string of victories in Southern states, winning nine out of 10 votes in Mississippi’s African-American community. Mississippi has 36 Democratic delegates in play for the race.
Donald Trump beat back a challenge from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who earned the endorsement of the state’s Gov. Phil Bryan and who expected to perform well with evangelical voters. Instead Trump beat Cruz among the evangelical population, exits polls show. Cruz, came in second, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and then Sen. Marco Rubio. Forty Republican delegates were in play.
Clinton and Trump have both won a series of Southern states, including Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.
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