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Think that this year’s presidential contest is the wildest this country’s ever seen? Well, think again.

Will he sign it or will he veto it?

Gov. Nathan Deal is going to the get that question a lot in the coming days, after the legislature quickly passed a bill that grants religious exemptions to opponents of same-sex marriage.

Authoritarianism In American Politics

Mar 7, 2016
Michael Vadon

Donald Trump is an unlikely candidate for president. He has no real political experience and endorses extremist views. Yet, the GOP frontrunner has had success with voters across all demographic lines. Political scientists point to the rise in authoritarianism in American politics as the driver of Trump’s success. 

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Super Tuesday is over, but it's only one chapter in the long saga of the 2016 election.

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The most recent Republican presidential nominee is taking shots at Donald Trump's fitness to be president.

And he's not mincing his words.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, called the current GOP front-runner "a phony, a fraud" in a speech Thursday morning in Salt Lake City. And he didn't stop there.

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Donald Trump is the winner of Georgia's Republican presidential primary, while Democratic voters turned out overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.

As Donald Trump delivered his Super Tuesday victory speech to reporters, his most prominent endorser, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, stood stony-faced behind him, prompting a deluge of tweets comparing the former presidential candidate to a hostage.

Christie's secretly conceived decision last week to endorse Trump has provoked shock, anger and disappointment from all corners.

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And let's bring in a well-known voice from the Democratic Party. It is Senator Barbara Boxer of California. She is backing Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee. Senator Boxer, good morning.

BARBARA BOXER: Good morning to you.

How would Donald Trump's most attention-grabbing promises become reality?

One answer came from one of the members of Congress who would face the task of actually enacting the promises. He's Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino, who recently became one of the first prominent Republicans to endorse Trump for president. Marino's answer: On one key issue, Trump doesn't literally mean what he says.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the big winners the morning after Super Tuesday, each of them taking seven of the 13 states in play and adding to their leads.

On a day with the largest delegate total of this election season, Trump now has 285 delegates to 161 for Ted Cruz and 87 for Marco Rubio. In the Democratic race, Clinton has now won 543 delegates to Sanders' 349. When superdelegates are added to the tally, her lead grows to 1,000-371.

Here are five headlines that describe where we are in the race right now:

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Let's sum up the Democratic campaign for president in a sentence. We'll get nominations for that sentence from Mo Elleithee of Georgetown University, who is a one-time spokesman for Hillary Clinton.

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The results of the biggest voting day in the presidential contest thus far may not have been everything that front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had hoped, but they were enough to set the course for the remainder of the nominating season.

And they were surely enough to intensify the pressure on their respective rivals.

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Two numbers give some nuance to last night's Super Tuesday results.

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You probably heard the headline by now. Hillary Clinton won most of the Democratic contests. Donald Trump won big on the Republican side.

Super Tuesday was a big night for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They each captured seven states in their respective Democratic and Republican races, extending leads over their remaining rivals.

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Those watching the results include Christine Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of New Jersey, who's on the one line. Governor, good morning.

CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN: Good morning. How are you?

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Donald Trump has increased his lead among Republicans after about a dozen states voted yesterday. Hillary Clinton is well ahead on the Democratic side, though neither contest is over.

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PHOTOS: Scenes From Super Tuesday

Mar 2, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored big wins on Super Tuesday, after a day of voting in more than a dozen states. Scroll down for scenes from the day, from polling places and campaign events to candidate speeches at some unique venues.

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And here with me in the studio is Rachel Martin, who you're used to hearing on Sunday mornings.

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Hi there.

SHAPIRO: So happy to have you here on Super Tuesday.

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At this moment, Sen. Bernie Sanders is delivering a victory speech in Vermont, where he is projected to have won his home state primary. Let's listen.

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We're going to turn now to NPRs Ron Elving here in the studio. So Ron, just a recap - Bernie Sanders projected to have one Vermont, Hillary Clinton projected to have one Virginia and Georgia. And yet the Republican race - too close to call.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump notched big wins across the South on Super Tuesday as they extended their leads for their party's nomination.

On the Republican side, Trump has won seven states: Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont, Massachusetts and Georgia. Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas, eked out a surprise victory in Oklahoma and won the caucuses in Alaska. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his first outright win by taking the Minnesota caucuses.

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Super Tuesday Primary in Georgia!

Mar 1, 2016
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The SEC/Super Tuesday Primary day is finally here, as is the special Primary edition of GPB’s Political Rewind. With both major party front-runners appearing poised for big nights, their closest challengers just hoping to stay in the game.

The candidates have been coming to Atlanta for over a year to raise money and fire up supporters, but they’ve only been running ads on local TV stations for the past week or so.

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Donald Trump told the crowd in Atlanta Sunday afternoon he was confident he would win Georgia’s primary but only with their help.

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