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Tenn. Super Tuesday Polls Closed, Trump and Clinton win

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have won the presidential primaries in Tennessee.

Trump has also finished on top in the Republican primary in Massachusetts.

Trump and Clinton have also won their party primaries in Alabama.

These latest wins put the two candidates ahead of their rivals in the group of contests known as Super Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump and Clinton won the primaries in Georgia. Clinton also won the Democratic primary in Virginia, while her rival, Bernie Sanders, won the contest in his home state of Vermont.

Officials said there was a steady turnout across the state despite severe weather. Long lines were reported at some places in Memphis and Nashville. A polling place in Nashville was closed for about 30 minutes after neighborhood shootings.

Sick election workers, more voters and a long ballot are causing people in Knox County to wait as long as two hours to vote in Tennessee's presidential primaries.

Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers said it's a perfect storm for voters in Knoxville. He also said turnout Tuesday appears to be every bit as strong as it was in the presidential election of November 2012. Anyone still in line when polls close will be able to vote.

Rodgers said a number of senior election officials have been sick with the flu and are out.

Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander cast their ballots for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Haslam and Alexander endorsed Rubio in the closing days of the primary campaign in Tennessee, arguing that he represents the best chance to win the general election this fall.

Haslam voted in his hometown of Knoxville, while Alexander voted in Townsend.