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2012 Election Results

The 2012 U.S. presidential election was the 57th quadrennial presidential election. The election was held on November 6, 2012, and was a contest between incumbent Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican candidates, Mitt Romney.

President Obama secured the Democratic nomination with no serious opposition. Obama chose his vice president, Joe Biden, to be his running mate again in the 2012 election.

Former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney experienced a competitive primary for the Republican nomination. Romney was challenged by several conservative contenders such as the former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Rick Santorum, among other candidates. Mitt Romney won the nomination and chose Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

During the campaign, it was clear American voters were looking at two significantly different visions for the future of the United States. Mitt Romney proposed tax cuts and boosting economic growth by implementing regulations that would reduce the burden on small businesses. Romney also promised to repeal the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Romney preferred laissez-faire policies and wanted to achieve energy independence by developing domestic sources of energy.

On the other hand, Obama defended his responses to the Great Recession. and the 2008 financial crisis by saying that his actions prevented a full depression. He also focused on his plan for strategic investments in clean energy, education, and infrastructure.

On November 6, 2012, the American people cast their ballots for their new president.

Barack Obama won the following states:

Mitt Romney won the following states:

In the election, several states had changes in their number of electoral votes. Texas gained four, Florida gained two, and Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington gained one each. Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania all lost one electoral vote. New York and Ohio each lost two electoral votes.

Obama received 65,446,032 popular votes and Romney received 60,589,084. Gary Johnson, who ran for the Libertarian party, won 1,275,971 popular votes. In the electoral college, Obama won 332 votes over Romney’s 206. Gary Johnson did not receive any electoral votes.

On January 20, 2013, Barack Obama was re-inaugurated for his second term as president.

2012 Election Results

Presidential Election - 2012

Obama*
332
Romney
206
Barack Obama38.36%
Mitt Romney60.55%
Barack Obama40.81%
Mitt Romney54.80%
Barack Obama44.59%
Mitt Romney53.65%
Barack Obama36.88%
Mitt Romney60.57%
Barack Obama60.24%
Mitt Romney37.12%
Barack Obama51.49%
Mitt Romney46.13%
Barack Obama58.06%
Mitt Romney40.73%
Barack Obama58.61%
Mitt Romney39.98%
Barack Obama50.01%
Mitt Romney49.13%
Barack Obama45.48%
Mitt Romney53.30%
Barack Obama70.55%
Mitt Romney27.84%
Barack Obama32.62%
Mitt Romney64.53%
Barack Obama57.60%
Mitt Romney40.73%
Barack Obama43.93%
Mitt Romney54.13%
Barack Obama51.99%
Mitt Romney46.18%
Barack Obama37.99%
Mitt Romney59.71%
Barack Obama37.80%
Mitt Romney60.49%
Barack Obama40.58%
Mitt Romney57.78%
Barack Obama56.27%
Mitt Romney40.98%
Barack Obama61.97%
Mitt Romney35.90%
Barack Obama60.65%
Mitt Romney37.51%
Barack Obama54.21%
Mitt Romney44.71%
Barack Obama52.65%
Mitt Romney44.96%
Barack Obama43.79%
Mitt Romney55.29%
Barack Obama44.38%
Mitt Romney53.76%
Barack Obama41.70%
Mitt Romney55.35%
Barack Obama38.03%
Mitt Romney59.80%
Barack Obama52.36%
Mitt Romney45.68%
Barack Obama51.98%
Mitt Romney46.40%
Barack Obama58.38%
Mitt Romney40.59%
Barack Obama52.99%
Mitt Romney42.84%
Barack Obama63.35%
Mitt Romney35.17%
Barack Obama48.35%
Mitt Romney50.39%
Barack Obama38.69%
Mitt Romney58.32%
Barack Obama50.67%
Mitt Romney47.69%
Barack Obama33.23%
Mitt Romney66.77%
Barack Obama54.24%
Mitt Romney42.15%
Barack Obama51.97%
Mitt Romney46.59%
Barack Obama62.70%
Mitt Romney35.24%
Barack Obama44.09%
Mitt Romney54.56%
Barack Obama39.87%
Mitt Romney57.89%
Barack Obama39.08%
Mitt Romney59.48%
Barack Obama41.38%
Mitt Romney57.17%
Barack Obama24.75%
Mitt Romney72.79%
Barack Obama66.57%
Mitt Romney30.97%
Barack Obama51.16%
Mitt Romney30.97%
Barack Obama56.16%
Mitt Romney41.29%
Barack Obama35.54%
Mitt Romney62.30%
Barack Obama52.83%
Mitt Romney45.89%
Barack Obama27.82%
Mitt Romney68.64%

Last Updated: 2020-04-02

2012 Election Results

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2012 Election Results

State Democrat Republican Win
Alabama38.36%60.55%R
Alaska40.81%54.80%R
Arizona44.59%53.65%R
Arkansas36.88%60.57%R
California60.24%37.12%D
Colorado51.49%46.13%D
Connecticut58.06%40.73%D
Delaware58.61%39.98%D
Florida50.01%49.13%D
Georgia45.48%53.30%R
Hawaii70.55%27.84%D
Idaho32.62%64.53%R
Illinois57.60%40.73%D
Indiana43.93%54.13%R
Iowa51.99%46.18%R
Kansas37.99%59.71%R
Kentucky37.80%60.49%R
Louisiana40.58%57.78%R
Maine56.27%40.98%D
Maryland61.97%35.90%D
Massachusetts60.65%37.51%D
Michigan54.21%44.71%D
Minnesota52.65%44.96%D
Mississippi43.79%55.29%R
Missouri44.38%53.76%R
Montana41.70%55.35%R
Nebraska38.03%59.80%R
Nevada52.36%45.68%D
New Hampshire51.98%46.40%D
New Jersey58.38%40.59%D
New Mexico52.99%42.84%D
New York63.35%35.17%D
North Carolina48.35%50.39%R
North Dakota38.69%58.32%R
Ohio50.67%47.69%D
Oklahoma33.23%66.77%R
Oregon54.24%42.15%D
Pennsylvania51.97%46.59%D
Rhode Island62.70%35.24%D
South Carolina44.09%54.56%R
South Dakota39.87%57.89%R
Tennessee39.08%59.48%R
Texas41.38%57.17%R
Utah24.75%72.79%R
Vermont66.57%30.97%D
Virginia51.16%30.97%D
Washington56.16%41.29%D
West Virginia35.54%62.30%R
Wisconsin52.83%45.89%D
Wyoming27.82%68.64%R

2012 Election Results