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Updated: Hillary Clinton is headed to Atlanta on Friday

Hillary Clinton will host a get-out-the-vote drive in metro Atlanta on Friday, the eve of the South Carolina primary and just days before Georgians head to the polls.

The Democratic presidential candidate is set to headline what the campaign calls a "grassroots event" at Georgia State University to urge residents to take advantage of early voting that ends Friday evening. The event is at 12:45 p.m. at the school's student center.

"At the event, Clinton will lay out the case for why she is the only candidate who has the experience to get the job done and break down the barriers that hold Georgians back," the campaign said in a statement.

Clinton is trying to consolidate support among minority voters who make up the majority of the Democratic electorate in Georgia as she hurtles toward what could be a decisive March 1 showdown against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Her campaign has also released a round of ads in the Macon media market, including one narrated by actor Morgan Freeman that declares her to be the candidate who has "always stood with us."

Clinton's visit comes as polls show her with a commanding lead in Georgia. A Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone poll commissioned by Channel 2 Action News has Clinton leading Sanders by a 52-point margin. She won every demographic, but her biggest margin came among black voters: She tallied 79 percent to Sanders’ 14 percent. You can find the crosstabs here.


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