Tenn. primary voters say economy is top concern

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Voters in the Republican presidential primary in Tennessee cited the economy as their top issue and prioritized a candidate's electability, but the deeply religious electorate was also broadly focused on the candidates' religious beliefs.

Preliminary results from an exit poll of the state's GOP voters on Tuesday found seven in 10 identified themselves as born-again Christians, more than in any state voting previously. About three-quarters said it mattered at least somewhat that a candidate shared their religious beliefs.

About four in 10 Tennessee voters said they were angry with the way the federal government is working, and almost two-thirds backed the tea party movement.

Preliminary results from the Tennessee exit poll include 1,769 voters. The survey's margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points

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