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Early voting gets under way for Tenn. primary

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Early voting for Tennessee's Republican presidential primary gets under way today.

Voters can cast ballots from Wednesday through Feb. 28. Tennessee is among 10 states holding their presidential primaries on March 6, which is known as Super Tuesday.

Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell are among a large number of state Republican leaders backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey was an early supporter of Rick Perry, but has declined to endorse anyone since the Texas governor dropped out of the race.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's state leadership team includes state Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville and Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport, while former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's effort is led by tea party activist Kay White of Johnson City.

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