The Republican primaries continue today with five states voting, including Delaware. Since Rick Santorum suspended his campaign, the remaining contests have lost some of their urgency, but the process isn't over until a candidate amasses the required 1,144 delegates.
* Delaware has 17 delegates to the Republican National Convention. It is tied with Vermont for the second-smallest state delegation. Four U.S. territories have smaller delegations, and New Hampshire is the only state with fewer delegates.
* Delaware has only one congressional district, so all of the delegates are allocated according to the statewide vote total.
* The delegates are only bound for the first round of voting at the convention. Delaware's three party leaders (national committeeman, national committeewoman and state party chairman) are bound to the winner of the primary.
* The primary is closed. Only registered Republican voters can participate.
* Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Santorum and Ron Paul are the only candidates on the ballot.
* No recent polls of Delaware voters are available. In December, Gingrich won a straw poll of select Republican voters, former delegates and party leaders by one point over Romney. Politico reports Priscilla Rakeshaw, the longest-serving member of the Republican National Committee, officially rescinded her support of Romney and endorsed Gingrich on a conservative radio program Monday.
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