ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama are the winners of Tuesday's primaries in Georgia.
Huckabee edged out Republican rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney for the victory in a state that had been critical to his hopes, because of its base of religious voters.
He did so with the help of a folksy style, and a campaign that focused heavily on conservative values in hopes of attracting Christian evangelicals.
According to surveys of voters, six in ten Republican voters in Georgia were white evangelicals and born-again Christians. The polls indicate that Huckabee won four out of ten of their votes.
Among Democrats, Obama's message of change appeared to resonate with Georgia voters. He swept to a dominating win over Hillary Rodham Clinton, riding a wave of support from blacks and young people.
Obama had cultivated black support in Georgia. He spoke from the pulpit of Martin Luther King's church the day before the holiday in King's honor. Blacks make up about half of the Democratic primary vote in Georgia. Exit polls indicate that nearly 90 percent of them voted for Obama.
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