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Vanderbilt Survey: Tennesseans Prefer Rick Santorum

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Traverse City, Mich. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Traverse City, Mich. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When it comes to the race for President, it seems Tennesseans prefer Rick Santorum.

Vanderbilt University has wrapped up a new study that shows the former U.S. Senator ahead of rival Mitt Romney by nearly a 2 to 1 margin.

They surveyed about 1,500 registered voters, and 800 of them said they'd vote for a Republican; 33 percent of them said they would vote for Santorum, and 17 percent were for Mitt Romney.

Only 13 percent said they would vote for Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich brought in 10 percent. According to Vanderbilt, it's too early to predict what Tennessee voters will actually do, as 27 percent are still undecided.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich will be in Nashville Monday on a campaign stop.  After a round-table discussion on health-care reform, he'll head over to the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.
Then Gingrich will hold a rally there with his wife.

Super Tuesday is March 6.

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