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Tennessee primary voters say economy is top concern

By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An exit poll of voters in Tennessee's presidential primary showed Rick Santorum beating Mitt Romney thanks to strong support among born-again Christians - about three-quarters of voters on Tuesday.

Santorum also had strong support among those who said it mattered a "great deal" that a candidate shared their religious beliefs.

At poll close, Santorum led Romney by about 7%age points and Gingrich by about 12.

Santorum had a more than 2 to 1 lead over Romney among voters who considered themselves "very conservative." He also led among voters who supported the tea party while Romney led among voters who considered themselves "moderate."

Although many voters said their top concerns were the economy or the deficit, no single candidate had a strong lead among those voters.

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