published Sunday, February 26th, 2012, updated Feb. 26th, 2012 at 5:27 p.m.

Poll: Santorum has strong lead over Romney in Tennessee

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks Saturday at Abba's House in Hixson at a "Liberty Forum" sponsored by the Chattanooga Tea Party.
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks Saturday at Abba's House in Hixson at a "Liberty Forum" sponsored by the Chattanooga Tea Party.
Photo by Angela Lewis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has brought his national momentum to Tennessee, outdistancing Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney by a nearly two-to-one margin among voters taking part in a new Vanderbilt University poll.

But The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville reports that, with Tennessee’s GOP primary now just nine days away, the race here remains fluid. One in four potential voters say they don’t know or don’t like any of the candidates, said Vanderbilt political scientist John Geer.

“As big a theme as Santorum leading is that a lot of people haven’t made up their minds,” said Geer, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

Santorum campaigned in Chattanooga on Saturday.

See complete coverage in Monday's Times Free Press

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