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February 27, 2021
Huckabee, Obama Win Alabama
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took Alabama's Republican primary Tuesday by crushing his opponents in the competition for conservative and evangelical Christian voters.

In a pattern replicated across the South, meanwhile, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois won the Democratic primary. According to exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks, his win was due in part to strong support among black voters and young people.

Nearly eight in 10 Republican voters in Alabama described themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians, and nearly half of them sided with Huckabee, a Baptist preacher.

In the Democratic race, about half of the voters were black, and Obama won more than 80 percent of their votes. The Illinois senator also took nearly two-thirds of the votes from people under 30, who made up more than one in 10 voters.

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