Vermont is one of 10 states that will be holding its Republican presidential contest Tuesday night on one of the most important and revealing evenings of the 2012 GOP nomination process.
Mitt Romney is widely expected to win the state by five to 10 points. According to a Castleton State College poll, Romney had the support of 34 percent of voters. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum garnered 27 percent, Texas Congressman Ron Paul came in third with 14 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in last with 10 percent.
Seventeen delegates are up for grabs. If a candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote, he'll earn all of the delegates. Otherwise, they'll be awarded proportionately. Vermont could be a huge advantage for Romney over Santorum if he manages to win over half of the votes because it would put him a total of 17 delegates over the Pennsylvania Republican, his biggest challenge to the nomination. Unfortunately for Romney, the polls show a gap too small.
Vermont is an open state, meaning that any state resident can vote in the primary, regardless of their party affiliation.
Below are all the details on how to keep updated on Vermont's primary results tonight.
When to Watch:
Polls in Vermont will close at 7 p.m. ET and the results will roll in afterwards county by county. If the win is obvious, media outlets could call it as soon after the polls close.
Where to Watch Live Online:
The International Business Times will be live blogging the evening and the results from all ten states here.
The New York Times has a live blog, graphics and periodic video.
The Huffington Post's live blog includes tweets, aggregated and original content.
For those who want specifically local coverage of just the Vermont primary, PolicyMic.com and The Washington Times are good places for that. (The Washington Times has a great graphic that splits up the results country by county, too.)
How to Follow the Primary on Twitter:
Use #supertuesday and #VTPrimary to get updates on the primary via Twitter. We also recommend this Twitter list of politicos, candidates and journalists who will be watching the contests very closely tonight:https://twitter.com/#!/sara_dover/politics