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GOP presidential hopefuls turn sights on Tennessee

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Republican presidential hopefuls are beginning to turn their attention towards Tennessee as Super Tuesday nears.

Tennessee is one of several key states that will help decide who will challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Early voting is already under way, and as the March 6 primary inches closer, the Republican candidates' interest in the Volunteer State is on the rise.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be in Chattanooga for an event Saturday at a Tea Party forum.

Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to hit Nashville airways with a 30-minute speech on how he plans to lower gas prices to $2.50 a gallon. Then Monday, Gingrich will host several events in Nashville, including a roundtable discussion on health care and a public town hall meeting at the State Capitol.

Tuesday, Gingrich will appear at a fundraiser in Chattanooga at the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel, which his campaign mistakenly called the "Chattahoochee Choo Choo Hotel" on its campaign invitation.

Neither former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney nor Texas Rep. Ron Paul have yet announced any plans to visit Tennessee before the primary.

According to the Secretary of State's website, more than 74,000 people have already cast their ballots in the Republican primary through Thursday.

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