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United States Presidential Election, 2012
November 6, 2012
Official portrait of George W. Bush Poster-sized portrait of Barack Obama
Nominee George W. Bush Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Illinois
Running mate Bobby Jindal Pat Lynch
Electoral vote 343 195
States carried 33+ME-1 16+D.C.
Popular vote 64,817,881 61,346,213
Percentage 50.5 48.6%
President before election
George W. Bush
Elected President
George W. Bush

The United States presidential election of 2012 was held on Tuesday November 6, 2012 to elect the President of the United States of America. It was the 56th quadrennial election for President and Vice President. Incumbent Republican President George W. Bush, who won in 2008, was eligible for his second consecutive term. President Bush was renominated by the Republican Party, alongside Vice Presidential candidate and former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, due to incumbent Vice President Colin Powell choosing not to seek a second term, the first since Nelson Rockefeller in 1976. The Democratic Party nominated Illinois Senator Barack Obama, becoming the first time an African-American was nominated as the presidential nominee of a major party. He ran alongside Rhode Island Senator Pat Lynch.

The primary issues of this campaign regarded the economy, health care, foreign policy, and taxes. Despite a fiery campaign by Senator Obama, Bush's continuing popularity in a robust economy, as well as successful military interventions overseas, were enough to allow him to secure re-election by an electoral victory of 343-195. This was the fourth consecutive lopsided Republican presidential victory, as well as the first time since Franklin D. Roosevelt that a political party has won four consecutive presidential elections.

Republican candidates

President Bush faced no opposition in the Republican primary, and was handily re-nominated by the Republican National Committee.

Democratic candidates

Potential Libertarian Party candidates

See also

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