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Born-again Christians drive Santorum win in Tenn.

Associated Press

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

According to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Research, Santorum also led Romney more than 3 to 1 among those who said it mattered a "great deal" that a candidate shared their religious beliefs.

With 95% of precincts reporting, Santorum had 37% of the vote to Romney's 28. Newt Gingrich received 24% and Ron Paul got another 9.

Santorum led Romney among voters who considered themselves "very conservative" and among tea party supporters. Romney led among moderates.

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