The Latest: Republicans confident Trump will win Alabama

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The Latest on Alabama elections (all times local):

8:25 a.m.

Voting is underway in Alabama and Republicans are confident that Donald Trump will win the state.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states.

Secretary of State John Merrill has predicted a record number of voters will cast ballots Tuesday after voter registration hit a record high of 3.3 million.

None of Alabama’s four U.S. House races or the lone Senate race on the ballot are expected to be very close given the name recognition and vast amounts of campaign money available to the Republican incumbents.

Alabama voters also face 14 amendments that will affect everything from state parks to the age of public officeholders to beer.

The polls will remain open until 7 p.m.

2:58 a.m.

Donald Trump is expected to win Alabama, which has gone Republican in every presidential election since voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Republicans are confident in the deeply red state as polls open Tuesday.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump both visited Alabama during their respective primary battles, but both candidates have concentrated their efforts on battleground states since securing their respective party nominations. Following in their paths, volunteers from both parties have been dispatched to campaign in neighboring Florida where the race is considerably tighter.

Secretary of State John Merrill has predicted a record number of voters will cast ballots Tuesday after voter registration hit a record high of 3.3 million.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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