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Gingrich's ties to GA wins over many GOP voters
Gingrich running strong in GA with voters recalling his ties to state as member of Congress
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' An exit poll of voters in Tuesday's Georgia Republican presidential primary shows Newt Gingrich, who represented the state in Congress, is drawing strength from people saying the former speaker's ties to the state were important.

Gingrich was winning around three-fourths of the votes of Georgia Republicans saying his relationship to the state affected their vote.

Around 6 in 10 said that mattered little to them. Those voters were divided roughly evenly among Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

In Vermont, Romney was doing strongly among rank-and-file Republicans. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was doing well among the 4 in 10 independent voters.

In Virginia, where only Romney and Paul were on the ballot, Romney was doing strongly across many categories of voters.

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