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Newt Gingrich wins Georgia presidential primary

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AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newt Gingrich notched a home-field primary win in Georgia, and Mitt Romney sought to counter in Massachusetts and elsewhere as Republican presidential rivals battled coast to coast in a 10-state Super Tuesday showdown.

More than 400 delegates were at stake on the busiest day by far of the race to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama in the fall.

Gingrich's victory was his first since he captured the South Carolina primary on Jan. 21, and he said it would propel him on yet another comeback in a race where he has faded badly over the past six weeks.

Three in ten voters in Georgia's presidential primary said they finally decided whom to support in the last days of the campaign, the highest share to say so since the South Carolina primary more than a month ago.

Most voters here, however, were solidly behind their chosen candidate according to a preliminary exit poll conducted in the state. It was 1 of the few states voting Tuesday where a majority expressed strong backing for their choice.

The economy was the most important issue for voters, followed by the federal budget deficit. About nine in ten said they were dissatisfied or angry with the federal government.

Preliminary results from the Georgia exit poll include 1,190 voters. The survey's margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4%age points.

Additional reporting by Russ Bynum.

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