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|United States Presidential Election, 2012|
|November 6, 2012|
|Nominee||Hillary Clinton||George W. Bush|
|Running mate||Ted Strickland||George Allen|
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The United States presidential election of 2012 is the next presidential election to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and will be the 57th quadrennial United States presidential election, in which the popularly elected presidential electors will select the President and the Vice President of the United States. Republican President George W. Bush will be eligible to run for his second and final term during this election.
The 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where 33 races will be occurring as well as the United States House of Representatives elections to elect the members for the 113th Congress. The election will also encompass 11 gubernatorial races as well as many state legislature races.
This will be the first election in which Puerto Rico is included in the election, when it is granted statehood on January 21, 2009.
Potential Republican candidates
Presently, no person has announced his or her intention to run for the Republican Party nomination. Incumbent President George W. Bush is serving his first term and will be eligible for reelection in 2012.
However, some political analysts indicate that there are other possible Republican candidates should Bush refuse to seek a second term, including Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney.
Potential Democratic candidates
Presently, no person has announced his or her intention to run for the Democratic Party nomination for President. Several possible Democratic candidates made "feeler" trips to the important early caucus state of Iowa in early 2009, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joseph Biden, and John Kerry.
However, analyst speculate that Barack Obama would be the frontrunner should he seek the nomination. According to a recent poll comparing voters' preferences between President Bush and various possible Democratic presidential candidates, the candidate closest to the president in popularity is Barack Obama (48%), followed by Joseph Biden (42%), Hillary Clinton (41%), John Kerry (39%) and Dennis Kucinich (34%) (in that order), although all of these candidates are currently less popular than Bush.
Potential Libertarian Party candidates
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