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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 02/04/2012

Nevada Republican caucuses: How to follow them

Nevada Republicans are caucusing Saturday to determine who receives the state’s 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

On the Fix: Five Questions with Nevada political expert Jon Ralston

Do the Nevada caucuses matter?

What is the schedule?

The 125 caucuses were scheduled at different times across the state’s 17 counties. Most began by 4 p.m. ET, except one in Clark County for those who observe a Sabbath on Saturday, which begins at 10 p.m. ET.

At each caucus, anyone can give a two-minute speech in support of a candidate, but voting is done by anonymous paper ballot and can be done in as little as 20 minutes. For more on how the caucus system works, read this primer.

Unofficial results will be available starting at 8 p.m. ET through the Nevada Republican party in partnership with Google and Twitter. You can follow those results here beginning at 8 p.m. ET or follow the official AP results here on our Nevada caucus tracker.

Who are the candidates vying for the delegates?

The Nevada caucus ballot includes front-runner 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?

@NVGOP and @NVVotecount are the Twitter handles affiliated with the Twitter partnership mentioned above.

#NVGOP is the predominant hashtag on Twitter for following the conversation about the caucuses, according to Topsy Analytics.

Follow all the PostPolitics campaign team members using this Twitter list, or use this Fix list of the best Nevada 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 PostPolitics.com

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