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Townhall and HotAir Announce Results of National GOP Primary


December 19, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC

Conservatives have spoken. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has won the Townhall.com and HotAir.com National GOP Primary. Voting ended Thursday, Dec. 15 and Newt Gingrich was declared the winner after over 250,000 votes were cast.

Jonathan Garthwaite, general manager of Townhall and HotAir said, "This gave our nationwide audience a chance to have their individual voices heard. In an extremely volatile primary season, over 250,000 votes from conservative Republicans were cast for the nominee they want to see on the ballot in 2012. It was extremely important for all our readers to have the opportunity to vote for the Republican presidential candidate of their choice. Congratulations to former Speaker Newt Gingrich."

Townhall.com and HotAir.com, the leading conservative online network, created the National GOP Primary to give conservative voters across the country an equal opportunity to voice their opinion on the GOP nomination for president. It was the largest online primary this election cycle. The voting ballots were tabulated late Thursday night and Newt Gingrich won with 36.5 percent of the votes. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney came in second with 18.8 percent of the total number of votes. Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann came in third with 17.7 percent. Texas Representative Ron Paul came in fourth with 17.4 percent. Texas Governor Rick Perry finished last with 9.5 percent.

Voters were allowed to choose their first and second choices. The combination with the most votes had Newt Gingrich as their first choice and Mitt Romney as their second choice. Mitt Romney voters picked Newt Gingrich as their top second choice. Michele Bachmann voters picked Rick Perry as their top second choice. Ron Paul voters picked Rick Perry as their top second choice. Rick Perry voters picked Michele Bachmann as their top second choice.

Overall, Michele Bachmann took in 25.4 percent of second choice votes. Newt Gingrich captured 20.6 percent of second choice votes. Mitt Romney followed with 20.4 percent, Rick Perry received 18.2 percent, and Ron Paul got 15.4 percent.

In order to cast a vote in the Townhall.com and HotAir.com National GOP Primary, voters had to be a registered reader on Townhall.com or HotAir.com, or have voted in the 2011 Townhall.com GOP Straw Poll. They were also given the opportunity to register at TownhallPrimary.com. Actively campaigning presidential candidates who were polling at five percent or better in the Townhall.com National PollTracker Average on December 11, 2011 were included in the primary. When voting began on December 13, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman were polling nationally at three percent and two percent, respectively.

"With the largest, conservative online media network, Townhall and HotAir used this online primary as a national voice for conservatives in 2012," Garthwaite said. "We were excited to give our vast readership a say in the Republican nomination process and with over 250,000 recorded votes, it was a success. While Newt Gingrich was the winner of our primary, there is still strong support with other candidates. This race is far from being decided."

Townhall/HotAir is the #1 conservative online destination. With over 4 million unique readers per month, Townhall is the #1 news, commentary, and political analysis site for conservatives. HotAir is the #1 conservative blog. Townhall/HotAir also publishes Townhall Magazine, with 40,000 readers, many of which are inside the beltway politicos.

Along with the National GOP Primary, Townhall.com offers many outlets for readers to get involved in the conservative movement including content from noted journalists, conservative cartoons and its print publication, Townhall Magazine. HotAir is the go-to conservative blog for over two million readers each month. Contributing writers for the Townhall/HotAir network include, Ann Coulter, Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin, and many more.

About Salem Communications:

Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM) is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and family-themed radio content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own a national portfolio of 96 radio stations in 37 markets, including 58 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem also programs the Family Talk™ Christian-themed talk format on XM Radio, channel 170.

Salem owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 affiliated radio stations and Salem Media Representatives, a national media advertising sales firm with offices across the country.

In addition to its radio broadcast business, Salem owns a non-broadcast media division. Salem Web Network is a provider of online Christian and conservative-themed content and streaming and includes websites such as Christian faith focused Christianity.com, Questions and Answers about Jesus Christ at Jesus.org, Christian living focused Crosswalk.com®, online Bible at BibleStudyTools.com, and Christian radio ministries online at OnePlace.com. Additionally Salem owns conservative news leader Townhall.com® and conservative political blog, HotAir.com providing conservative commentary, news and blogging. Salem Publishing™ circulates Christian and conservative magazines such as Homecoming® The Magazine, YouthWorker Journal™, The Singing News, FaithTalk Magazine, Preaching and Townhall Magazine™. Xulon Press™ is a provider of self publishing services targeting the Christian audience.

For more information and media inquires, contact Jonathan Garthwaite at 703-294-6046.

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