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Tenn. campaign flurry draws to close as vote nears

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The sudden flurry of presidential campaign activity in Tennessee comes to a close Tuesday when voters cast their ballots for their choice for Republican nominee.

After a fairly sleepy campaign season - early voting was down 37% compared with 2008 - activity was suddenly ramped up in the last week as the front-runners each held rallies around the state in hopes of landing a key victory in the South.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made his first public appearance in the state at a rally in Knoxville on Sunday, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum made his latest campaign stops at Memphis-area churches earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich headed for Johnson City, Knoxville and Chattanooga on Monday.

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