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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump win Louisiana Presidential Primary

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during their respective rallies in Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during their respective rallies in Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump took home victories Saturday in Louisiana's Presidential Primary. 

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton won 71 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Bernie Sanders’ 23 percent. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won with 41 percent of the vote. Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came in second with 38 percent.

"This country belongs to all of us, not just those at the top, not just special interest, not just people who look one way, worship one way, or even think one way. America prospers when we all prosper," said Clinton, who took veiled jabs at the Republican frontrunner during her speech Saturday night.

"I’ve been in competitions all of my life. There is nothing so exciting as this stuff," Trump said during his speech Saturday. "I want to thank the people of Louisiana and the people Kentucky. It’s been just an amazing relationship."

Trump also called for Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to drop out of the race. Rubio placed third in Louisiana with 11 percent of the vote. 

In the heated race for the White House, Louisiana fell into step with other Southern states, which have mostly voted for Trump and Clinton. However, voters in Texas backed Clinton and Cruz.

Officials with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office said after a high turnout during the early voting period with about 95,000 voters, Saturday's turnout across the state was slow. Overall, officials anticipated approximately 20 percent of registered voters would actually go to the polls.  

Despite the slow turn-out, there was no shortage of opinion amongst East Baton Rouge voters.

Baton Rouge resident Ramona Harris voted for Clinton, saying she found her resume important.

"She to me has the best track record. She has been in the office of the president - she's been the president's wife. She has more inside knowledge of what's going on," Ramona said of Clinton.

Her husband had a different idea.

"Bernie Sanders to me feels more genuine, more of a people's person versus a career politician," said Jefferson Harris, who selected the other Democratic contender.

In the GOP contest, Baton Rouge Republican voters had mixed reviews about the state’s victor. Trump recently fell into controversy after former state representative and KKK-leader David Duke encouraged people to vote for the Republican frontrunner.

"It didn’t bother me a bit. I’m just wondering who paid David Duke to do that," said Trump voter John Sonnieo.

Other Baton Rouge voters criticized the leading candidate.

"If it came down to him versus a democrat in the general election, I would have a really difficult decision," said Ted Cruz voter Patrick Long.

One Republican voter, who wanted to vote for Sanders but could not due to closed primary rules, selected Marco Rubio as a way of negating a Trump vote.

"I can’t support him, I think it’s insane," Carey Jenkins said. "I think we're at a breaking point, I think regardless of who wins, it's going to be a very divided country."

There were several campaign rallies during the week leading up to the primary. Former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife Hillary in Baton Rouge on Thursday and in New Orleans on Friday, while Trump held a rally in New Orleans and Cruz attended one in Mandeville. Rubio canceled a campaign rally that was set to take place in Baton Rouge on Friday. 

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