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Presidential hopefuls Gingrich, Santorum descend on Nashville

Posted: Updated: Feb 26, 2012 03:25 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Presidential hopefuls, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, descend on Nashville this week hoping to sway voters as Super Tuesday approaches.

According to Gingrich's campaign, he will lead a roundtable discussion about health care reform on Monday at 10 a.m. at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz Law Offices located at 211 Commerce Street.

After the discussion he is scheduled to attend a luncheon, a fundraiser in Franklin and a rally at the State Capital at 3 p.m.

The most recent Vanderbilt University poll shows Gingrich trailing at forth in Tennessee, with 10% of the vote.

"That's probably the most surprising part about this poll is Newt Gingrich's support has in fact cratered," said John Geer, political science professor and co-director of the Vanderbilt University poll.

According to the poll, 33% of voters would pick Rick Santorum as the nominee, 17% would choose Mitt Romney while13% would choose Ron Paul.

Santorum is scheduled to be in Nashville on Wednesday for a fundraiser at the home of Kelley and Lee Beaman, CEO of Beaman Automotive.

"He's trying to take advantage of the fact this is a state that might be friendly toward him," said Geer.

"He can raise some money and get some support. He's a serious contender for the nomination. He wasn't a couple months ago, and he is now."

Tennessee is among 10 states that hold elections on Super Tuesday which is set for March 6.

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