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Exit polls: 6 in 10 Democratic Super Tuesday voters are liberal; 1 in 10 are LGBT

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Where are the moderates?

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Liberal voters are commanding the electorate in the Super Tuesday Democratic primary contests, according to exit polls conducted by NBC News.

The report found that a whopping 62% of voters polled considered themselves to be liberal, with over a quarter classifying themselves as "very liberal." Thirty-six percent said they considered themselves "somewhat liberal," while only 37% avoided the liberal tag and said they considered themselves to be "moderate" or "conservative."

Additionally, the NBC News exit poll found that 10% of Super Tuesday voters identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Those who identified as LGBT were "strikingly" liberal, the report noted. Half of the LGBT voters said they considered themselves "very liberal," while another 30% characterized themselves as "somewhat liberal." Just 4% said they considered themselves "conservative."

The NBC News exit poll was conducted in 12 of 14 states that held nominating contests Tuesday.

Super Tuesday is the biggest day on the Democratic primary calendar, with 1,357 delegates, or one-third of the total count, up for grabs.

Given the liberal hold on the electorate in a majority of Super Tuesday states, one might expect progressive candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to have a blowout night. But at the time of this story's publication, former Vice President Joe Biden, considered the moderate choice, had been projected to win Virginia and North Carolina, while Sanders was projected to win Vermont.

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