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Va. Voter Turnout Higher Than Expected

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC) - Elections officials say turnout in Virginia's Republican presidential primary was substantially higher than it was in 2008, the last primary in which no incumbents were running.
    
The Virginia Department of Elections said approximate figures late Tuesday show that about 800,000 Virginians cast votes in the Republican presidential primary. About 575,000 people voted in the Democratic primary.
    
In 2008, roughly 489,000 people voted in the Republican primary, while about 986,000 people cast votes in the Democratic race.
    
High turnout caused long lines in some areas. Poll workers at Linwood Holton Elementary School in North Richmond said more than 740 voters had cast ballots just before the polls closed at 7 p.m. That was more than 50 percent of the registered voters.

Hillary Clinton won Virginia's Democratic primary with strong support from blacks, older residents and people who put a premium on experience. Those are some of the preliminary results of exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television networks.
    
In the Republican primary, front-runner Donald Trump fared well among lower-income and less-educated voters, as well as people who looking for a leader who "tells it like it is." Trump's closest rival in a tight GOP battle, Marco Rubio, was favored by voters who said the most important consideration is choosing a nominee who can win in November.
    
Democrat Bernie Sanders dominated among voters under 30 and those who said they value honesty.

According to the State Board of Elections website, unofficial results in Accomack County are as follows:

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY unofficial results

?18 of 18 precincts reporting

Hillary Clinton, 1,650 votes, 73.83%

?Bernie Sanders, 573 votes, 25.64%

Martin O'Malley, 12 votes

?REPUBLICAN PRIMARY unofficial results

18 of 18 precincts reporting

Donald Trump, 2,068 votes, 47.87%

Marco Rubio, 905 votes, 20.95%

Ted Cruz, 685 votes, 15.86%

Ben Carson, 411 votes, 9.51%

John Kasich, 210 votes, 4.86%
 

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