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Exit polls: Many in GOP would consider third party bid if Trump, Clinton are nominees

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally in a hanger at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Exit polls released Tuesday afternoon are providing the first glimpse at the demographics and opinions of voters participating in primaries in five states.

According to the Associated Press, polls conducted by Edison Research in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, and Missouri have revealed the following details about the electorate voting in the Republican and Democratic races:

  • About 40 percent of Republican primary voters are angry about the direction of the federal government
  • About two-thirds of Republican voters in all five states support Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country, including 75 percent of voters in Missouri
  • About 40 of Republicans want all illegal immigrants to be deported
  • A majority of Democratic primary voters in all five states would be satisfied with either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders as the nominee, and at least half say both candidates' positions are "about right"
  • The majority of Democratic primary voters in four of five states are white
  • About 30 percent of Democratic voters in Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina are black
  • About 20 percent of all primary voters in Florida are Hispanic, including one in 10 Republican voters who are of Cuban descent

NBC News reported that 52 percent of Republicans voting Tuesday would definitely vote for Trump if he is their party's nominee, while 27 percent said they would not vote for him.

According to ABC News, 37 percent of Republican voters said they would seriously consider a third party candidate if Trump and Clinton are the nominees.

More details are expected to be released as polls begin to close.

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