FOX News is projecting that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will win the state of Georgia.
Republicans cast by far the most ballots during early voting. Joining them Tuesday at a school in Smyrna was Mike Morrow, who wore a shirt depicting former President Ronald Reagan wearing a headband. Morrow voted for GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
“I voted for Trump because I am tired of Washington politics,” said Morrow, who carried his infant in a car seat to the polls. “I think he is going to do what he says he is going to do, so I voted for Trump.”
In Atlanta, 69-year-old Jon Russell ended up supporting Hillary Clinton in the Democratic contest — saying that while he actually prefers Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, he found Clinton better positioned to win the White House in November.
“I have trouble with trust,” Russell said, explaining his reservations about Clinton. “But unfortunately the other chap doesn’t have the foreign affairs experience.”
Recent Georgia polling shows Trump leading the Republican race and Clinton with a double-digit lead on Sanders.
Eric Tanenblatt, an Atlanta-based Republican consultant who hasn’t committed to a campaign since Jeb Bush’s exit, said he expects Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to do well in rural parts of the state, including north Georgia, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will battle for support in metro Atlanta and along the coast.
“I think you’re going to see that kind of division across the South, and Tuesday’s primary won’t clarify much,” Tanenblatt said.
A clear second-place victor could argue that he’s the only alternative to Trump, said Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University. If Rubio distances himself from Cruz, or vice versa, the leading senator will try to win over the other’s supporters, she said.
“The question then becomes whether a Cruz voter is comfortable voting for Rubio or would prefer Trump,” she added.
Rubio and Cruz held separate rallies Saturday in metro Atlanta; Rubio returned Monday. Trump also spoke to supporters in south Georgia on Monday night. Kasich visited the state earlier this month, holding two overflow town halls north of Atlanta.
The Democratic race hinges on black voters’ support.
Clinton rallied supporters Friday at Atlanta City Hall, promising to return to help turn the red state to blue.
Outside her polling place, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Althea Joefield of Atlanta said she wants to see what America would be like with a woman in the White House.
“That’s what brought me out of my bed and brought me out here,” Joefield said.
Bronwyn Robinson, who voted in Atlanta’s liberal Candler Park neighborhood, ended up supporting Sanders.
“I don’t think that Bernie can win, but it’s really a statement of support for something different looking at our country as a whole,” she said.
Sanders spoke before thousands in mid-February at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College.
State Sen. Vincent Fort, Sanders’ top surrogate in Georgia, said he believes Sanders can exceed expectations.
“This is not a year for the status quo, and Hillary Clinton is the status quo,” Fort said.