Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Florida Republican primary: How to track the candidates, find results

Floridians are going to the polls today to make their picks for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Here’s how to follow all of the day’s events, from on-the-ground updates and analysis to live results and candidates post-primary speeches on

Florida’s Republican primary is a winner-take-all contest for the 50 delegates it will send to the Republican National Convention, making it even more important to the race’s outcome. There is some debate over whether it should be winner-take-all that could play out at the convention, as the Fix’s Aaron Blake explains, but it is likely to remain as it is.

What is the schedule?

We’ll start a running diary of the day’s events around 4:30 p.m. in our Election 2012 live blog.

The first exit poll data will be available at 5 p.m. Our polling team will provide data through Edison Research, which we’ll post in the live blog. Follow @PostPolls on Twitter to get the data even earlier. The last polls in Florida close at 8 p.m., and we’ll post results from AP as they become available in our Florida primary tracker.

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Who are the candidates vying for the delegates?

The Florida primary ballot includes frontrunner former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

How do I follow the caucuses on social media?

#FLPrimary is the predominant hashtag on Twitter.

Follow all the PostPolitics campaign team using this Twitter list, or use this Fix list of the best Florida political tweeters.

You can also use our @MentionMachine app to track Twitter and media mentions of all the major candidates during the primary. Read more on

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