LEESBURG, Va, (WUSA9) -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their respective Virginia primaries on Super Tuesday, where voter turnout was way above average.
Marco Rubio closed what had been a double-digit gap between Trump and himself, and beat the frontrunner in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia, but failed to eke out a victory.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton racked up wins across the country from Virginia to American Samoa, continuing to amass delegates and making a speech that sounded like October, not March.
All the nastiness and mud-slinging of this campaign convinced a lot of people they had to get out and vote -- even if they were unhappy with their choices.
“It's a little frustrating at this point,” said schoolteacher Leah Hawley, who is voting in a primary for the first time. It's Donald Trump who is driving her to the polls. She wants to vote against him. “I'm concerned for our country if he wins. I'm concerned for [my son] if he wins.
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Plenty of voters are disgusted with the way the campaign is going. “Crazy, crazy stuff. Can't believe it,” said Robert Edwards, who declined to even reveal his party affiliation. “Never saw anything like it in my life.”
“I'm very disappointed. I think some of the campaigns just advocate hatred,” said Angela Zhao, outside the Greenway Precinct at Leesburg Community Church.
A CBS poll suggested Trump would beat Marco Rubio in Virginia by more than a dozen points. But analysts said GOP voters in Northern Virginia tend to go for the establishment candidates, while Southside and Western Virginia tend to go for social conservatives.
On the Democratic side, the Real Clear Politics polling average had Hillary Clinton beating Bernie Sanders by 21 points. And she's especially strong with African-Americans. “Black voters need to go out and vote,” said Barbara Scott, 77, a caretaker for her elderly husband. “We’ve come too far not to vote. Too many lives lost.”
Some Republicans fear Trump will guarantee a loss in November. “I hope not. I don't want him winning,” said Leah Hawley, the schoolteacher. “I don't want to take the chance,” said her husband Steve Hawley.
Trump says he's firing up voters and bringing lots of new people into the party. But many in the GOP establishment worry that moderate Republicans -- like the teachers -- will stay home or switch sides in the general election if Donald Trump is the nominee.
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