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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Hillary Clinton is projected to win the Delaware primary Tuesday. Her victory comes after polling showed her leading rival Bernie Sanders in the state. Her victory was called around 8:30 p.m. by MSNBC and ABC.

Delaware’s polling however was sparse compared to other states, and it showed the Democratic primary race to be tighter than the other contests being held Tuesday. So both campaigns paid considerable attention to Delaware.

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With his win projected in Delaware, Donald Trump has swept all five northeastern states holding primaries Tuesday. His victory in the Delaware was called by MSNBC and CNN at around 8:30 p.m, after Trump wins were declared in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland.

Trump was polling strongly in Delaware and the other mid-Atlantic states hosting primaries Tuesday. He is expected to rack up delegates as the GOP primary makes its final turn towards July’s Republican National Convention.

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Update at 5:13 p.m.: ACLU attorney Julie Ebenstein confirmed to TPM that the group and other organizations involved in the challenge to North Carolina's 2013 voting restrictions have filed an appeal with the the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a district court's decision upholding the law.

The voting right groups involved in a legal challenge to a bundle of North Carolina voting restrictions say they will move quickly to appeal the district court decision issued Monday that upheld the 2013 law.

An appeal, which could be filed as soon as today, would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in 2014 ruled in favor of the voting rights groups when they sought a preliminary injunction on some provisions of the law, a decision that was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

In his decision Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld the law on the basis that North Carolina has "provided legitimate State interests" in implementing the restrictions. He said that when it came to those who said the law burden their ability to vote there was "strong evidence that some other reason is at play for the failure of these persons to register and/or vote."

His 485-page decision was a exhaustive examination of the evidence presented in the high-profile trial the unfolded in July 2015 and January 2016

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Republican Rep. David Jolly -- a candidate for the Senate from Florida -- said Monday that he believed that Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, deserved a hearing and a vote before Obama leaves office, but added that he believed Garland should be rejected in a Senate vote.

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As the Republican primary calendar enters its final stretch, Donald Trump still has a more than decent shot -- better than some would have you believe -- at securing the 1,237 delegates that would guarantee his coronation in Cleveland.

For all the talk of a contested GOP convention -- the unicorn of modern day political reporting -- the delegate math still points to Trump locking up the nomination before the convention, or coming so close that it would be politically impossible to deny him the nomination.

The significance to the alleged “alliance” formed in recent days between Ted Cruz and John Kasich is its implication that without teaming up in an extraordinary joint effort to coordinate the voting of their supporters state by state, Trump will win enough delegates to make stopping him impossible.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker pushing a bill that would more-or-less ban abortion in the state dismissed concerns that the legislation would drag the cash-strapped state into a costly legal battle by suggesting God would take care of the state's financial issues.

"Everybody talks about this $1.3 billion deficit,” state Rep. David Brumbaugh (R) said during Thursday evening's deliberations of the bill, before invoking a saying he said a friend told him.

"If we take care of the morality, God will take care of the economy,” he said.

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