United States presidential election, 2012
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All 538 electoral votes of the Electoral College
270 electoral votes needed to win
Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Delegate count 281 257
States carried 28 22 + D.C.
Percentage 50.52% 48.21%

File:2012 US presidential election result.svg

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by
Romney/Ryan (28), Blue denotes Obama/Biden (22 + D.C.).

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Mitt Romney

The United States presidential election of 2012 was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It was the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the President and the Vice President of the United States on December 17, 2012, were chosen. The Incumbent President, Barack Obama narrowly lost re-election to Former Governor Mitt Romney. Romney was able to motivate the Tea Party base in the Republican party, and campaigned heavily on the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act.


Democratic candidatesEdit

-Barack Obama, President of the United States

Republican candidatesEdit

-Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts

-Ron Paul, U.S. Representative from Texas (ended active campaigning on May 14, 2012; no endorsement, continued to seek delegates from earlier primaries)

-Newt Gingrich , former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives from Georgia (withdrew on May 2, 2012, and endorsed Mitt Romney)

-Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania (withdrew on April 10, 2012, and endorsed Mitt Romney)

-Rick Perry, Governor of Texas (withdrew on January 19, 2012, and endorsed Newt Gingrich, then Mitt Romney after Gingrich withdrew)

-Jon Huntsman, Jr., former U.S. ambassador to China and former governor of Utah (withdrew on January 16, 2012, and endorsed Mitt Romney)

-Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative from Minnesota (withdrew on January 4, 2012, and endorsed Mitt Romney)

-Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico (withdrew on December 28, 2011, to run for the nomination of the Libertarian Party)

-Herman Cain, businessman from Georgia (withdrew on December 3, 2011, and endorsed Newt Gingrich, then Mitt Romney after Gingrich withdrew)

-Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota (withdrew on August 14, 2011, and endorsed Mitt Romney