Hillary Clinton wins with Democrats in AZ

Posted at 8:22 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 00:14:08-04

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the Grand Canyon State over rival Bernie Sanders Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. 

Clinton's victory came despite an all-out effort by Sanders in Arizona as he courted Latinos, tribal members and young voters in a series of appearances around the state. He focused heavily on Arizona after getting swept by Clinton the previous Tuesday.

But the former secretary of state and first lady had the strong backing of the Democratic political establishment and aired TV ads touting the support of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head five years ago at a Tucson political event. Former President Bill Clinton also came to the state to campaign for his wife.

She wins 75 pledged delegates to the Democratic convention. Ten Democratic superdelegates can vote for whomever they choose.

The highly competitive race meant a higher turnout for voters, but with fewer polling places than usual, voting day in Arizona meant headaches for many.

Thousands of people who waited in lines that were hours long and some who were even turned away after deadline due to the long lines.

Sanders had rallies all over the state in the last week, from Flagstaff to Phoenix, but continues to look like a long shot for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

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