Huckabee, Obama win Alabama primaries

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Mike Huckabee turned out evangelical voters and Barack Obama captured black and young voters as both won in Alabama's presidential primaries.

Exit polling from the Republican primary showed Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, defeating Arizona Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who ran third.

Huckabee, with strong appeal to fellow Southern Baptists, earlier won his home state and Georgia.

Exit polling and early returns also showed Obama, the Illinois senator, defeating New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who did not visit Alabama during the closing days of the primary.

With more than 90 percent of Alabama's precincts reporting, Huckabee had 41 percent, McCain 38 percent, Romney 18 percent and Texas Representative Ron Paul 3 percent. If those numbers hold, no candidate will cross the 50 percent threshold needed to win all of Alabama's GOP delegates and they will be divided on a formula.

On the Democratic side, Obama had 56 percent, Clinton 42 percent, and former Senator John Edwards got 2 percent even though he had dropped out. Under the Democratic Party's rules, Obama and Clinton will split the Democratic delegates proportionately.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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