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An exit poll of voters in the 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.

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

Around six in 10 said that mattered little to them. Those voters were divided roughly evenly among Mr Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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

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

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