Trump wins, Sanders poised to do well

Posted at 5:59 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 19:22:32-04

Preliminary exit polling data showed favorable conditions for "outsider" candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Indiana's primaries -- and for one of them, that prediction came true.

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Republican Donald Trump was projected to win Indiana's Republican Primary at 7:00 p.m. by ABC News. The candidate was quick to send a message of thanks to Hoosier voters.

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The data, collected by ABC News, paints a picture of a divided GOP looking for an outsider candidate with strong views on immigration – specifically, deporting illegal immigrants.

On the Democratic side, polls are seeing a higher-than-usual turnout among young voters and voters who identify as strong liberals.

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See a snapshot of some of ABC's exit poll data below:


Trump resonates well with Indiana voters – six-in-10 of whom say they want an outsider candidate. Nearly half of Hoosier GOP voters favor deportation, up from 41 percent in previous races. Hoosier voters also have unfavorable views on Ted Cruz's campaign, with more than four-in-10 saying the Texas senator ran the "most unfair" campaign.

Where Trump could be in trouble is with non-supporters in the general election in November. More than four-in-10 non-Trump supporters say they wouldn't vote for Trump in the general. Cruz draws similar numbers, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich having only three-in-10 non-supporters say they wouldn't vote for him.


More than six-in-10 Hoosier Democrats say Wall Street hurts the U.S. economy – which often correlates with support for Sanders. Six-in-10 Hoosier Democrat voters also say Sanders is the more inspiring candidate, versus just four-in-10 for rival Hillary Clinton.

Clinton does beat Sanders in some important categories, however, including electability and who voters say would be the best able to beat Trump. Clinton's ideas are also seen as more realistic than Sanders – nearly eight-in-10 for Clinton versus six-in-10 for Sanders.