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|United States Presidential election, 2012|
|November 6, 2012|
|Candidate||Brian Williams||Jim Carrey|
|Running mate||Alex Gomez||Rebecca Ingram|
|Red denotes states won by Williams/Gomez, blue denotes states won by Carrey/Ingram|
The United States presidential election of 2012 was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Following the June 3rd, 2010 resignation of Jay Leno, who was reelected in 2008, the incumbent was President Bruce Springsteen of the Democratic Party, who declined to run for a term of his own on May 20, 2011, leaving this an open seat election. Former New York Governor Brian Williams, representing the National Party, defeated former Huron Governor James Carrey of the Democratic Party.
The National Party will hold their convention in Salt Lake City, Deseret at the Pan-Am Center from August 20-23.
The Democratic Party will hold their convention in Yorktown, Huron, which coincidentally is in the state from which nominee James Carrey hails, at the FIG Center, from August 27-30
Nationalist Nomination Campaign
After the resignation of Jay Leno in June of 2010, the Nationalist retaking of the Senate and increasing its margins in the House of Representatives in that fall's midterm elections, and the unpopularity of Bruce Springsteen, the National Party entered the race with opinion polling and momentum on their side to control the full government for the first time since 1986.
By August 2011, the Nationalist nominees were:
- Former New York Governor Brian Williams, who declared for the race in February of 2011 and was the frontrunner from the beginning
- Sophia Katalana, former Governor of Nova Scotia (2001-2009), who declared on May 20, 2011 that she would enter the race. She was viewed as a conservative foil to Williams
- Timothy Carter, former Senator from Indiana (1993-2011), declared shortly after his departure from the Senate in January of 2011 that he would run, making him the first candidate in the race from either party. Carter was viewed as a long-shot, despite being well-funded.
- Cuba Senator Alejandro "Alex" Gomez (1991-present) entered the race in March 2011
- Former Michigan Governor Mitt Romney, who also ran for President in 1996, entered the contest in April 2011 as a dark horse looking to make a political comeback
- Connecticut Governor Steve Young (2005-present) entered the race in March 2011
- Former California Congresswoman and 2004 Vice Presidential nominee Deborah Harding declared her intention to run in June of 2011
Democratic Nomination Campaign
Jay Leno resigned the office of the Presidency on June 3rd, 2010, leaving Vice President Bruce Springsteen the new incumbent. In early 2011, Springsteen announced he would not run for a full term, opening the nomination for any Democrat who sought it.
The primary candidates:
- New York Senator Jack Kennedy, Jr. has announced his intention to seek the Presidency of the United States. He was viewed as the liberal wing's preferred candidate
- Stephen Colbert, a US Representative from North Carolina and Democratic House Minority Whip, declared that he will seek the Presidency in May 2011.
- Sequoyah Senator and former First Lady Wendy Sullivan announced the formation of her official campaign staff and formally declared her candidacy in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2011.
- Former New Jersey Senator Chris Rock has made clear his intention to run as a long-shot candidate in 2012 due to his national name-recignition, despite losing his seat in the 2010 midterm election.
- Deseret Governor Hugh Allen, as a conservative Democrat in a typically Nationalist state, entered as a pragmatic centrist despite being a longshot
- Former Huron Governor James Carrey announced he will attempt a second-run, after losing the 2004 primaries despite his front-runner status. He was viewed as the center's best candidate
- Former California Senator Steven Spielberg entered the race as a liberal, declaring that he gave up his Senate seat to concentrate on a Presidential campaign. It was his second campaign, having run in 2000.
Declined to Run
- Bruce Springsteen, 43rd President of the United States - on May 20, 2011, Springsteen announced that he would retire after serving out the remainder of predecessor Jay Leno's term of office, stating that he did not have the energy for a serious campaign.
- Mark Hamill, Vice President of the United States - Hamill stated, "I will serve my country as required until January 2013, after which point I shall relinquish the duties to a better steward of this office than myself.
- John Clark, 2008 Nationalist Vice Presidential nominee and Senator from Alabama, stated in May 2011, "There is no way I will seek a nomination or run for any office in 2012 - I like my current job, and that's that."
- Bradley Johnson, Nationalist Representative from Ohio: "I will not be a candidate for the Presidency in 2012."
- Former Speaker of the House Jeff Osgood: "I am not running for President in 2012, and if nominated, I will not serve."
- Washington Governor and former liberal columnist Ron Reagan: "I will not seek the Presidency under any circumstances in 2012."
- Former Vice President Bill Parcells: "I will not run this time either - I don't want to be President."
- Yorktown Mayor Jeff Phillips: "I don't think I want to run in the 2012 election... It just doesn't appeal to me."
- Former Huron Governor and 2008 Nationalist nominee Patrick Mead: "Not this time. I'm not running again for President."