07 March, 2012

CNN Breaking News

With about an hour before the first polls close in some states voting on Super Tuesday, early exit polls out of Ohio and Tennessee show a hesitant electorate split in crucial contests, according to those who responded to questioners.

In Ohio, a key battleground state that somewhat mirrors the rest of the nation, slightly less than a third of the respondents described themselves as "very conservative," about a third called themselves "somewhat conservative" and slightly more than a third said they were "moderate or liberal."

Ohio respondents were somewhat split on the strength of support for their candidate, with 43% saying they "strongly favor" their candidate, 41% saying they "have reservations" and 13% saying they disliked the other candidates.

While not an indicator of their final votes, in Tennessee, 44% of respondents said Mitt Romney was the candidate most likely to defeat President Barack Obama in the fall, 23% said Rick Santorum, 21% said Newt Gingrich and 9% said Ron Paul.

Polls begin closing at 7 p.m. ET in some of the 10 states voting today, while others won't close until after midnight. CNN will not make any projections in any particular state until after all polls close in that state.

On Super Tuesday, go to CNNPolitics.com and CNN's mobile apps at noon ET for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer. Tune in to CNN TV later for live coverage of the primaries, and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile website.

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