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Wed March 7, 2012
Born-Again Christians Led Santorum Charge

Conservatives Credited with Santorum Victory in Tenn.

Rick Santorum and family
photo courtesy Santorum campaign committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An Associated Press exit poll shows Rick Santorum owes his Tennessee primary victory to strong support among born-again Christians.

Santorum led Republican rival Mitt Romney 3 to 1 among those who say it matters a "great deal" that a candidate share their religious beliefs.  He also led among voters who considered themselves "very conservative," and among voters who supported the tea party.

Romney led among voters who considered themselves "moderate" or "liberal." He also led among voters with an annual income of more than $100,000.

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