Voters are lining up today to cast their ballots for presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul in the 2012 Puerto Rico Republican Party primary election.
As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico has no electoral votes in the general election in November. However, it does send 23 delegates to the Republican National Convention in August.
One of the biggest issues facing Puerto Rico in the coming year is a nonbinding referendum on Nov. 6 regarding the possibility of the territory becoming either independent or the 51st state.
Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney's main challenger for the GOP nomination, made a serious gaffe while campaigning on the island last week, insisting to local voters that federal law needed to make English the main language to achieve statehood. In contrast, Romney has said he will push for the territory's statehood, with no restrictions, if he is elected president.
Puerto Rico hosts an open primary, meaning the contest is open not only to registered Republicans but also to Democrats and independents. No polling is available for the primary, which awards its delegates proportionally unless one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, according to Caribbean Business. But with about half the states yet to weigh in on the candidates, every primary and caucus counts.
Find out when to look for the results of the 2012 Puerto Rico Republican primary, where to watch on TV and online, and how to follow the race on Twitter below.
When To Start Watching: Primary polls close in Puerto Rico at 8 p.m. EDT. Results are expected begin coming in about half an hour later and continue into Sunday night.
What's At Stake: Puerto Rico divides the 20 delegates at stake proportionally among all the candidates who receive more than 15 percent of the vote. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, however, he will win all 20 delegates.
Where To Watch Live: CNN will be live-streaming updates from the primary trail with a special edition of America's Choice 2012. Fox News will be giving live updates of the primary throughout Sunday evening, with a special episode of Geraldo Rivera at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
Where To Get Live Results: Google will be providing minute-by-minute live updates for the Puerto Rico Republican primary, with information on which counties are reporting, what percent of the votes are in, and which candidate is currently in the lead.
How To Get Results On Twitter: Search for the hashtag #PRprimary to follow the conversation about Sunday's GOP event on Twitter.
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