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Nevada GOP to tweet caucus results

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After befuddling voters and the media this month with its morning and evening caucus schedules, Nevada Republicans on Friday introduced a new twist to the state's presidential contest.

The results of the Feb. 4 caucus will be revealed to the public via Twitter.

That announcement came during a conference call with Nevada Republican Party Chairman Amy Tarkanian, who said they were partnering with the social networking site and Google to release results for the state's 17 counties.

The majority of the certified results will be made public at 5 p.m., but Clark County's results won't come until 7 p.m. or later due to a recently announced evening caucus session.

Link: Pre-register for the evening caucus session online

The special session was organized in order to avoid conflict with the Jewish Sabbath and will be held at a school named after billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson is in the national spotlight after he and his wife donated $10 million to help Republican candidate Newt Gingrich.

Tarkanian said Friday that the caucus location was chosen before the couple made their donations. However, Adelson's Venetian resort will serve as the media hub during the caucus.

In addition to the Twitter feed, state Republicans plan to employ Google's election results map on its website. A similar method was used during the Iowa GOP caucus and received praise from the party and media critics.

Although its an unusual move to release caucus results through Twitter, the reasoning behind the party's move is simple: control.

Once the votes are tallied, the party can make them public without relying on news organizations to do it for them, as is often the case for presidential contests.

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