Exit poll: Georgia Voters Solidly Back Their Super Tuesday Picks

March 6, 2012 12:00 AM
Exit poll: Georgia Voters Solidly Back Their Super Tuesday Picks
" SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Most voters in Georgia’s presidential primary chose a Republican candidate they strongly support, though a significant number made up their minds in the final days before Super Tuesday.

A preliminary exit poll conducted in the state showed about three in 10 voters made their picks for the GOP nomination only within the last few days. It was the highest share of late deciders since South Carolina held its Republican primary in late January.

Georgia, the biggest Super Tuesday prize with 76 delegates up for grabs, saw plenty of attention from the candidates in the past week. Newt Gingrich, who represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years, spent most of last week touring his former home state and returned for last-minute campaigning Tuesday. Rick Santorum was in north Georgia last week and Mitt Romney made an appearance over the weekend.

More than half of Georgia voters said they strongly favored the candidate who ended up receiving their support. That made it one of the few states voting Tuesday where a majority expressed strong backing for their choice. Very few Georgia voters — less than one in ten — said they made their choice because they disliked the other options. "

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