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Rick Santorum hosts rally at Belmont University

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum hosted a campaign event at Belmont University Wednesday night.

The former Pennsylvania senator discussed healthcare reform, and also took some swipes at Republican rival Mitt Romney.

"I don't care how old you are. This is the most important election of your lifetime.  This is an election that is about big things," said Santorum at the Belmont event.

Santorum also attended a series of campaign events Tuesday in East Tennessee, one day after fellow GOP contender Newt Gingrich was in Nashville for several events.

Neither Romney nor Ron Paul have announced any campaign events in Tennessee ahead of the state's primary vote on Super Tuesday, March 6.

Super Tuesday nears

Ten states, including Tennessee, will hold primaries or caucuses that may seal the deal for the Republican presidential nomination.

As March 6 quickly approaches, some GOP candidates will be doing last-minute campaigning, looking for votes. Newt Gingrich will be in Nashville on Monday for a number of appearances, and Rick Santorum will visit Music City on Wednesday.  Now, a new poll conducted by Vanderbilt University is shedding light on who may come out on top in Tennessee.

The poll, conducted by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt, shows one-third of Tennessee voters prefer former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum as the Republican Presidential candidate. While even more Tennessee voters think GOP candidate Mitt Romney has the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in the general election.

Thirty-three percent of the more than 1,500 voters polled earlier this month say they'll pick Santorum, while 17 percent plan to vote for Romney. Thirteen percent say they plan to vote for Ron Paul, 10 percent favor former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 10 percent said they wouldn't vote for any of the GOP candidates, and 14 percent are undecided.

The poll was done Feb. 16-22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

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