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The United States presidential election of 2012 was a contest between Democratic Party national ticket of President Hillary Clinton from New York and Vice President Barack Obama from Illinois and the Republican Party national ticket of Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania for President and Representative Ron Paul of Texas for Vice President.

Clinton benefited from a lowered unemployment rate running up to the election and the handling of foreign policy and Hurricane Sandy. On November 7, 2012, President Clinton went on to win re-election with a moderate margin in the popular vote and electoral college.


Democratic Party nomination

Democratic Candidates

Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop

President Hillary Clinton

  • Hillary Clinton, President of the United States from New York
  • Mike Gravel, Former U.S. Senator from Alaska
With the advantage of incumbency, Hillary Clinton's path to renomination by the Democratic Party was uneventful. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Clinton and incumbent Vice President Barack Obama were renominated with token opposition. Mike Gravel, former U.S. Sentaor from Alaska, announced after the selection of Clinton as candidate that "America would not be happy with me if I was n

Former Senator of Alaska Mike Gravel


Republican Party nomination

Republican Candidates

Former Senator Rick Santorum

Ron Paul

Representative Ron Paul

Mike Huckabee

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

  • Rick Santorum, former U.S Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Ron Paul, U.S. Representative from Texas (withdren on May 19, 2012 and endorsed Rick Santorum)
  • Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas (withdrew on May 4, 2012 and endorsed Rick Santorum)
  • Bill Graves, former Governor of Kansas (withdrew on March 1, 2012 and endorsed Rick Santorum)
  • Buddy Roemer, former Governor of Louisiana (withdrew on February 22, 2012, to run for the nominations of Americans Elect and the Reform Party)
  • Rick Perry, Governor of Texas (withdrew on January 19, 2012, and endorsed Mike Huckabee. He later endorsed Rick Santorum)
  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts (withdrew on January 12, 2012, and endorsed Rick Santorum)
  • Tom Tancredo, U.S. Representative from Colorado (withdrew on December 29, 2011 and endorsed Mitt Romney. He later endorsed Rick Santorum.)
  • Herman Cain, businessman from Georgia (withdrew on December 3, 2011, and endorsed Bill Graves. He later endorsed Rick Santorum.)

A number of Republican candidates entered the field to challenge the incumbent Democratic President, Hillary Clinton.

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