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2:51 p.m. Last polls close in Tennessee at 7:00 p.m. CST. The Democrats will allocate 68 of its 85 convention delegates based on the primary vote: 44 delegates are allocated proportionately to presidential candidates, while on March 8th, 24 delegates are allocated to presidential candidates based on the statewide vote.

Republicans will allocate 39 of its 55 convention delegates today, 27 as Congressional-district delegates and 12 as statewide delegates. If a presidential candidate gets two-thirds of the vote statewide and two-thirds of the vote in all congressional districts, that candidate will get all the state's delegates. If no candidate gets two-thirds of the vote, delegates are distributed proportionally.

7:00 p.m. Fox News projects Clinton the winner in Tennessee.

8:43 p.m. Republican (35% reporting)
McCain = 33%
Huckabee = 33%
Romney = 22%
Paul = 6%
Thompson = 5%
Giuliani = 1%

Tennessee looks like another Southern state in which Huckabee is meeting or exceeding expectations.

9:24 p.m. Republican (68% reporting)
Huckabee = 34%
McCain = 32%
Romney = 23%
Paul = 6%
Thompson = 4%
Giuliani = 1%

12:38 a.m. The final numbers from Tennessee:
Democratic (100% reporting)
Obama = 54%
Clinton = 41%
Edwards = 4%
Uncommitted = 1%

Republican (100% reporting)
Huckabee = 34%
McCain = 32%
Romney = 24%
Paul = 6%
Thompson = 3%
Giuliani = 1%

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