Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/10/2012

New Hampshire primary 2012: How to track candidates, results

Polls in New Hampshire are open! The PostPolitics team is here to guide you from the last-minute politicking in the Granite state through the poll results.

The Election 2012 live blog kicks off here around 2 p.m., and the Fix will have analysis throughout the day and will host a live discussion starting at 7:30 p.m. through the final results.

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary process is more straightforward than Iowa’s caucuses, but the campaign trail here has produced even more historical campaign events , as Joel Achenbach explains.

Republicans and Independents are eligible to vote in the New Hampshire primary. New Hampshire’s 12 delegates will be divided by percentages of ballots cast for them. Candidates must receive 10 percent of the vote to be awarded delegates. Any leftover delegates will be awarded to the statewide winner.

What is the schedule?

Most of the polls close at 7 p.m., and the remaining ones close by 8 p.m. You can get analysis of who expected to play well in which parts of the state watch results as they are announced after the polls close using our New Hampshire primary tracker.

Who are the candidates vying for the delegates?

The New Hampshire primary ballot includes 30 candidates, including frontrunner former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul , former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum,former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.

How do I follow the caucuses on social media?

The official hashtag is #FITN, which stands for first-in-the-nation.

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

Use our @MentionMachine app to track Twitter and media mentions of all the major candidates during the primary.

More New Hampshire primary news from Post Politics:

Mitt Romney under attack as New Hampshire vote looms
Dana Milbank: Mitt Romney's money problem
The Fix: Is Jon Huntsman a one-state wonder?
Newt Gingrich veers from nice to nasty
New Hampshire primary: pre-game analysis

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