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Santorum beats Romney in Tennessee GOP primary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Rick Santorum has won Tennessee's Republican presidential primary, where his platform of social and religious issues resonated with conservative voters.

With 76% of precincts reporting Tuesday, Santorum had 37% to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 28%.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won his home state of Georgia, was unable to replicate his success in neighboring Tennessee despite several visits and a barrage of television ads. He was running third with 24%, followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's 9%.

Santorum appeared in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis in the days before the primary, often in religious settings.

Preliminary results from an exit poll conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press show about seven in 10 Tennessee voters identified themselves as born-again Christians, and about three-quarters said it mattered at least somewhat that a candidate shared their religious beliefs.

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