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Donald Trump is leading the Republican field in Tennessee, according to a new poll from Vanderbilt University.

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans say they would vote for Trump if the primary election were held today. That's 4 percentage points more than surgeon Ben Carson.

The New York businessman did best among Tea Party voters. He also performed well with non-Tea Party Republicans and born-again Christians, said Vanderbilt political scientist Josh Clinton.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says he’s laying the groundwork to be competitive in Tennessee, while acknowledging his candidacy may not survive until the state’s primary. The second-term governor and former congressman made fundraising stops in Knoxville and Nashville Tuesday.

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Suzanne Ford hadn't planned to see Donald Trump speak this weekend. But when the Springfield, Illinois, woman heard the Republican frontrunner would be in Nashville at the same time she was visiting relatives, she couldn't pass up the chance.