Presidential races

Early exit polls: Dems prefer experience, GOP wants an outsider

The vast majority of Super Tuesday Democratic voters value a candidate with the right political experience over an outsider, while a majority of Republican Super Tuesday voters want the opposite, according to MSNBC’s first round of exit polls.

{mosads}Those numbers could bode well for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as both are looking for big nights on Super Tuesday. 
Eighty percent of Democratic voters in states holding nominating contests on Super Tuesday prioritize experience, compared to just 16 percent who want a candidate from outside the establishment, the exit polls released Tuesday afternoon found. 
That could be good news for Clinton, who has made her experience as secretary of State, a senator and first lady a key piece of her campaign. Although Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been in Congress for 25 years, he has embraced the outsider status as a contrast to Clinton.
On the flip side, 50 percent of the Republican voters in Super Tuesday states want an outsider candidate, while 40 percent want someone with political experience.
Trump leads at the polls in eight of the 11 states awarding Super Tuesday delegates on the Republican side, so the results bolster predictions of a strong night for him. While Ben Carson is also still in the race as an outsider, he’s polling in single digits in most states. 
In the Democratic race, Clinton is far ahead in six states, while Sanders has a large lead in his home state of Vermont. The two face a close election in four other states.
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