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Georgia voters hope to influence presidential picks

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 2:04 PM

ATLANTA (AP):

Voters in Georgia will get their say in the presidential race today, with one of the largest delegate totals up for grabs among 12 states.

Georgia's deep-red status and pool of delegates is drawing last-minute visits from multiple Republican candidates ahead of "Super Tuesday." Democrats, meanwhile, know black voters are essential to winning a primary.

Recent polling in the state shows Donald Trump leading the Republican race and Hillary Clinton with a double-digit lead on Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who championed the effort to set the March 1 primary date, said the change gives Georgians a chance to impact both parties' presidential nominee. Republican voters include a variety of people, from evangelicals, to tea party members, to those focused solely on economic issues, he said.

"It's got something for everybody," Kemp said.