SOURCE: Salem Communications

Salem Communications

November 01, 2011 09:16 ET to Host National GOP Primary

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - will host the largest online Republican national primary. Voting begins December 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM EST and will close on December 15, 2011 at 4:30 PM EST. and, 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. Because of the primary schedule, many conservatives will not vote until long after the nominee is effectively chosen. The National Primary will precede the Iowa Caucuses, New Hampshire Primary, and the rest of the GOP nominating contests. The winner of the national primary will have significant momentum in the run up to 2012 and show the relative appeal of the Republican candidates.

According to Jonathan Garthwaite, general manager and vice president of Townhall, "This gives our nationwide audience a chance to have their individual voices heard. We think it is important for all our readers to have the opportunity to vote for the Republican presidential candidate of their choice. The GOP nominee must have the support of conservatives. There's no better bellwether of conservative voters than the Townhall/HotAir readership."

Voters must register in order to cast a vote in the National GOP Primary. In order to be eligible, the voter must be a registered reader on or, or have voted in the 2011 GOP Straw Poll. They can also register prior to December 11, 2011 at Every eligible voter will receive an email on December 13, 2011 with instructions explaining how to vote.

Actively campaigning presidential candidates who are polling at five percent or better in the National PollTracker Average on December 11, 2011 will be included in the primary. management reserves the right to make final decisions on eligibility.

"With the largest, conservative online media network, and will be a megaphone for millions of conservatives in 2012," Garthwaite said. "We're excited to give our vast readership a say in the Republican nomination process."

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, 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, Questions and Answers about Jesus Christ at, Christian living focused®, online Bible at, and Christian radio ministries online at Additionally Salem owns conservative news leader® and conservative political blog, 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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