Alaska Republicans to vote today for presidential nominee

Associated PressMarch 5, 2012 

Alaska Republicans will be voting today on their choice for the party's presidential nominee.Twenty-four delegates will be up for grabs in the presidential preference poll. Alaska is one of 10 states holding contests on Super Tuesday.

All of the GOP's major candidates - Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich - will be competing in the race that Romney won four years ago. Paul, who finished third in 2008, is the only one who has traveled to Alaska this cycle, drawing crowds Sunday in Alaska's two largest cities, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

One of Romney's sons held several events in Alaska last month. Gingrich last week participated in an energy-centric conference call organized by the nonpartisan Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska, which also organized a call with Santorum. The Fairbanks News Miner reported Santorum also has done radio interviews.

Romney's leadership team here also includes a list of high-profile state Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.

Only registered Republicans, or Alaskans who register as Republicans on site, can participate in the poll. Voting will take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This is the second year the party has conducted such a poll.

Allocation of delegates Tuesday will be proportional. Alaska has three additional delegates - state party leaders who will attend the national convention as unpledged - bringing Alaska's overall delegate total to 27.

Alaska doesn't have a presidential primary election.

A list of polling places is available at alaskarepublicans.com/convention-process/.

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