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BOISE -- It's a historic 'first' for the Gem State. On Tuesday, March 6th, Idaho's GOP will host the state's 2012 Republican Presidential Caucus.

Here,caucus-goers will get a chance topickIdaho'sGOP front-runner from candidates Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer.

This Super Tuesday event is a first for Idaho because in previous years Republican voters have selected their GOPcandidates in the state's May primary election. Party officials hope this year's change will give Idaho Republicans a greater chance in determining the candidate who will ultimately challenge President Barack Obama on November 3rd, 2012.

Idaho'scaucus takes place in several rounds via secret ballot in each county. At stake is 32 delegates who will travel to Tampa, FL to participate in the Republican National Conventionthis August.

Here in Idaho, any GOP candidate who gets over 50 percent of the state's caucus vote is pledged Idaho's 32 state GOP delegates. However, if the state's caucus vote is split where no candidate receives over 50 percent of the total vote, the delegates are distributed according to a percentage of votes each candidate receives in each county.

Local voters (ages 18 and above on election day) are encouraged to participate in the event. To do so, they'll first have to locate and travel to one of the many Republican caucus centers located throughout Idaho. Voters must also register with Idaho's Republican party before they participate in the caucus. However, those who aren't registered at the time of the caucus may do so on site.

For more information, including specific caucus rules, visit the Idaho GOP Presidential Caucuswebsite. For a quick overview of local caucus locations, see the following list:

Ada County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 4:00pm
Place: Taco Bell Arena, Boise
Contact Person: Dawn Hatch
(208) 376-7662

Blaine County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Place: Wood River Middle School
Contact Person: Chairman Ed Terrazas
(208) 721-0824

Boise County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Place: Idaho City High School, Garden Valley High School, and Horseshoe Bend High School
Contact Person: Chairman John Blattler
(208) 333-0440

Camas County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Place: Legion Hall
Contact Person: Lee Baron
(208) 539-1071

Canyon County

Doors Open: 4:30pm
Voting Begins: 7:00pm
Place: Idaho Center
Contact Person: Brandon Hixon
(208) 440-1074

Elmore County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Place: Mountain Home Jr. High, Glenns Ferry Opera Theatre, and Atlanta at the bar
Contact Person: Chairman Barry Peterson
(208) 587-1211

Gem County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 5:00PM
Place: Emmett Junior High
Contact Person: Marilyn Knighton
(208) 398-8429

Gooding County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Place: Gooding High School
Contact Person: Chairman Dick Elliot
(208) 352-4680

Jerome County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 5:30pm
Place: Jerome High School
Contact Person:
Chairman Del Kohtz
(208) 312-1135

Owyhee County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Place: Mount Cavalry Lutheran Church, Phipps- Watson American Legion Community Center,
Owyhee County Courthouse, Courtroom 1, Rimrock Jr. and Sr. High School, Pleasant Valley School

Payette County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 5:30pm
Place: McCain Middle School and New Plymouth High School
Contact Person: Chairman Nate Jones
(208) 278-1248

Twin Falls County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Place: Canyon Ridge High School
Contact Person:
Chenele Dixon
(208) 735-1844

Washington County

Voting Time: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 5:00pm
Place:
Cambridge - Fair Exhibit Hall, Midvale High School, and Weiser High School
Contact Person: Chairman Taylor Mink
(208) 550-5262

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