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11:36am

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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9:40am

Wed March 7, 2012
Conservative Christians Credited with Santorum Win

Santorum Wins Big in Tennessee

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

Santorum also led Romney 3 to 1 among those who said it mattered a "great deal" that a candidate shared their religious beliefs.

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12:13pm

Tue March 6, 2012
MTSU Poll Gives Santorum 2-to-1 Advantage

Super Tuesday Voting Underway In Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee joining 9 other states for Super Tuesday presidential primary voting today.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are running neck-and-neck in several states, but the vote appears to be shaping up differently here in Tennessee. 

In recent poling by Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University, Santorum was favored by Tennesseans two-to-one over Romney.

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12:06pm

Tue March 6, 2012
A Federal Disaster Declaration is Possible

Tornado Damage Assessments Begin

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Disaster assessment teams from Tennessee and the federal government are evaluating damage from the storms that swept through the state on Friday.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said there were a total of 75 tornado warnings issued throughout the state on Friday.

TEMA spokesman Dean Flener said Tennessee was lucky to escape without the fatalities several other states suffered, but damage has been reported in 19 counties.

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11:54am

Tue March 6, 2012
MTSU Team Includes Students and Alumni

Driving Cross-Country on 10 Gallons of Gas

Dr. Cliff Ricketts stands next to the specially adapted 1994 Toyota Tercel that is part of his alternative-fuels fleet of vehicles for a cross-country spring break trip. (MTSU file photo)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)   --  A team of researchers from Middle Tennessee State University are attempting to drive cross-country this week on less than 10 gallons of gasoline.

MTSU Professor Cliff Ricketts, six students, and a couple of alumni volunteers were on schedule to pass through Oklahoma City at noon Tuesday on their way to Long Beach California.  They’re driving experimental hybrid vehicles that run on a variety of energy sources, including solar, hydrogen gas, ethanol and gasoline.

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