Here’s the short version of Tuesday night’s primaries (and one caucus): Donald Trump won big, Bernie Sanders pulled off a major upset and Marco Rubio had a bad, bad night.
Those were the outcomes, but how did they happen? Here are four big takeaways from the exit polls in Michigan and Mississippi that explain how Tuesday night went down. (Edison Research, the polling firm that conducts exit polls, did not poll in Hawaii or Idaho.)
Democratic exit-poll results continue to look remarkably similar from state to state.
Even in Mississippi, where Clinton’s won by more than 65 points, her wide margin of victory gets less wide as voting cohorts get younger and younger. People who are dissatisfied with or angry at the government are more likely to vote for Sanders. Voters who care about electability and experience flock to Clinton. Voters who want a candidate who seems “honest” and who cares about them are more likely to support Sanders. Democrats are more pro-Clinton. Independents vote more for Sanders.