Areleous is running as the Libertarian nominee to succeed Irwin as President in this election. His major challengers are the Democratic candidate, Senior United States Senator from Utah John Espinoza, and the Republican candidate, former Governor of Connecticut Ed Oakley. Two other candidates have attained ballot access sufficient to mathematically win the election by a majority of the electoral college: Secretary of Energy Malvina Denman, the Green Party nominee; and Governor of Maine Gardenia Strudwick, the Constitutional nominee.
As specified in the Constitution, the 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where one-third of the Senators will face re-election (33 Class I seats), and the United States House of Representatives elections (which occurs biennially) to elect the members for the 113th Congress. Eleven gubernatorial elections and many elections for state legislatures will also take place at the same time