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Wed Mar 2, 2016, 03:28 PM

How voters made their choices on Super Tuesday

WASHINGTON Hillary Clinton held on to older people and ate into Bernie Sanders' support among the 30-to-44 crowd on Super Tuesday as her rival claimed a clear advantage with only one age group: his devoted under-30 followers.

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Portrait of Clinton voter

More than 90 percent of Clinton's voters want an insider, and nearly half say experience is the quality they are looking for in a candidate. Two-thirds of her voters want to continue President Barack Obama's policies, rather than shift in a more liberal direction. And, just as with Trump, 60 percent of her backers made up their mind more than a month ago. Two-thirds of her supporters are women, and two-thirds are 45 or older.

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Sanders' bright spot

Oklahoma turned out to be a rare bright spot for Sanders beyond his home base of Vermont. What was his magic formula so far from home? He held on to the 30-to-44-year-olds who divided their votes about evenly elsewhere on Super Tuesday. Sanders claimed 8 in 10 voters under age 30, and 7 in 10 of those aged 30-44.

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Clinton's coalition

Women, blacks and older voters all bolstered Clinton's standing. She showed the same strength among African-Americans that she did in South Carolina, supported by at least 80 percent of black voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. Black voters made up just about half of voters in Alabama and Georgia, 3 in 10 in Tennessee and about a quarter of Virginia and Arkansas.

Clinton made inroads on Super Tuesday with young-ish (30-44) voters, who divided their votes about evenly between the two Democratic candidates. Sanders, by contrast had led among all voters under age 45 in the first three contests of the year, in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

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Obama II?

Democrats in 8 of 9 states were more likely to want a continuation of President Barack Obama's policies than a shift in a more liberal direction, as advocated by Sanders.

Majorities of Democratic voters in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia said they want a continuation of Obama's policies, along with about 4 in 10 voters in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Texas. In each of those states, about a third of Democratic voters or less want a switch to more liberal policies.

The outlier: Vermont, Sanders' home state. About half of Democratic voters there said they want the next president to change to more liberal policies.

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http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20160301/NEWS02/160309881




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