Voters Head To Polls For TN Presidential Primary

Posted at 5:30 AM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 21:03:35-05

Tennessee voters have headed to the polls to make their choices in the state's Super Tuesday presidential primary. 

The primary comes after several days of spirited campaigning around the state by all five candidates seeking the Republican nomination and by one of the two Democrats remaining in the race.

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NewsChannel 5 reporter Chris Conte spoke with Nancy DeKalb with the Davidson County Election Commission who said the rain has not affected voter turnout. 

"We've had a very heavy turnout, a lot of the precincts are reporting double the voters coming out as they saw during the Mayoral Election, so we're expecting a strong day," said DeKalb. 

Sixty-seven delegates are up from grabs in the Democratic primary, while 58 Republican delegates will be split up among any candidates that reach a threshold of 20 percent of the vote.

While Tennessee Republicans have given the nod to religious conservatives in the last two presidential primaries, Donald Trump has drawn huge crowds and widespread support in this year's campaign.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Lamar Alexander have endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Tennessee can make a difference since the state has the third most GOP delegates up for grabs. 

Across the board on the Republican side, Trump leads with 81 delegates as Cruz and Rubio duke it out at 17 apiece.

On the Democratic side, Clinton continues to lead Sanders in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said he's anticipating between 1.1 and 1.5 million people to hit the polls.

Just this weekend, all five Republican candidates and Clinton made stops in Tennessee to grab last minute votes.

To find your polling location, or to review the ballot you can use the GoVoteTN app or visit

Contact information for county election offices can be found by clicking here

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