CNN reports on the early exit poll results of the GOP race from PA, MD and CT:
Few Republican voters today said they were casting a protest vote, about three-quarters in each state said their vote was mainly to support their candidate rather than express opposition to his opponents.
Looking ahead to the convention, across all three states with exit polls, broad majorities say the Republican Party should nominate the candidate with the most support in the primaries and caucuses if no one gets to 1,237 before the convention. Roughly 3 in 10 would prefer the delegates to support the person they think would make the best candidate. Roughly 6 in 10 in Pennsylvania say the campaign thus far has done more to divide Republicans than to energize them, 4 in 10 say it’s been more energizing.
Obviously the strong support for giving the nomination to the delegate leader will be seen as good news by the Trump campaign. CNN has the specific numbers for each state in this clip:
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Two more tidbits which seem to point to a good night for Trump in PA. First, half of respondents say Cruz has run the most “unfair” campaign. Second, 7 in 10 Republicans in PA support a proposed halt on immigration of Muslims into the United States.
CNN also has an early report on the exit polls for Dems:
Democrats in Connecticut and Pennsylvania are less apt to say they’d like the next president to continue Obama’s policies rather than change direction, about half in each state say so compared with about 6 in 10 in Maryland…
In both Connecticut and Maryland, Clinton has the edge as the candidate more trusted to handle gun policy, topping Sanders by about a 2-to-1 margin. Her edge on the issue is narrower in Pennsylvania, though most say she would do a better job than Sanders…
In Maryland, about half say race relations in the country have gotten worse in the last few years, just 1 in 10 say they’ve improved.
About half of Democratic voters say the economy is their top issue and roughly 60% say Wall Street does more harm to the economy than good.