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2012 Republican Primary Results

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2012 Republican Primary Results

Mitt Romney Delivers a Speech

Andrew Feinberg

The voting for the Republican party nomination for President began on Jan. 3 in Iowa and ends in Utah on June 26. The winner of the nomination will challenge President Barack Obama in the general election being held on Nov. 6, 2012.

The candidates are competing for delegates in each state. To win the nomination, a candidate must receive 1144 out of an available 2286 delegates. Delegates are mainly earned either through a normal primary voting ballot or caucus events.

Mitt Romney has a clear path to the nomination as top contender competitor Rick Santorum ended his long-shot bid in early April.

2012 Republican Primary Results:

Current Tally

Romney: 18 State Won, 4 Territories, Washington D.C. 41% Popular Vote
Santorum: 10 States Won, 28% Popular Vote
Gingrich: 2 States Won, 20% Popular Vote
Paul: 0 States Won, 1 Territory 11% Popular Vote

January-February

The early nominating contests are usually make or break for most candidates, even though relatively few delegates are awarded in the first two months. The caucuses in Iowa show the candidates ability to organize the grassroots, while larger primaries in South Carolina and Florida indicate whether candidates can win large-scale primaries.

  • Iowa Caucus, Jan. 3
    Santorum 25%, Romney 25%, Paul 21%, Gingrich 13%

  • New Hampshire Primary, Jan.10
    Romney 39, Paul 23%, Huntsman 17%, Gingrich 9%

  • South Carolina Primary, Jan.21
    Gingrich, 40, Romney 28%, Santorum 17%, Paul 13%

  • Florida Primary, Jan. 31
    Romney 46%, Gingrich 32%, Santorum 13%, Paul 7%

  • Nevada Caucus, Feb. 4
    Romney 50%, Gingrich 21%, Santorum 19%, Paul 10%

  • Colorado Caucus, Feb. 7
    Santorum 40%, Romney 35%, Gingrich 13%, Paul 12%

  • Minnesota Caucus, Feb. 7
    Santorum 45%, Paul 27%, Romney 17%, Gingrich 11%

  • Maine Caucus, Feb. 4-11
    Romney 38%, Paul 36%, Santorum 18%, Gingrich 7%

  • Arizona Primary, Feb. 28
    Romney 47%, Santorum 27%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 8%

  • Michigan Primary, Feb. 28
    Romney 41%, Santorum 38%, Paul 12%, Gingrich 7%

  • Wyoming Caucus, Feb. 29
    Romney 39%, Santorum 32%, Gingrich 21%, Paul 8%

March and "Super Tuesday" Contests

"Super Tuesday" refers to the day where the largest number of primaries and caucuses happen on one day. For 2012, the number of Super Tuesday contests is 10. Whereas contests in January and February are more spread out and give candidates time to campaign in each state, March requires contenders to pick and choose their battles. Strategy is key as the candidates decide where to spend their campaign money and time.

  • Washington Caucus, Mar. 3
    Romney 38%, Paul 25%, Santorum 25%, Gingrich 10%

  • Alaska Caucus, Mar. 6
    Romney 32%, Santorum 29%, Paul 24%, Gingrich 14%

  • Georgia Primary, Mar. 6
    Gingrich 47%, Romney 26%, Santorum 20%, Paul 6%

  • Idaho Caucus, Mar. 6
    Romney 62%, Paul 18%, Santorum 18%, Gingrich 2%

  • Massachusetts Primary, Mar. 6
    Romney 72%, Santorum 12%, Paul 10%, Gingrich 5%

  • North Dakota Caucus, Mar. 6
    Santorum 40%, Paul 28%, Romney 24%, Gingrich 8%

  • Ohio Primary, Mar. 6
    Romney 38%, Santorum 37%, Gingrich 15%, Paul 9%

  • Oklahoma Primary, Mar. 6
    Santorum 34%, Romney 28%, Gingrich 27%, Paul 10%

  • Tennessee Primary, Mar. 6
    Santorum 37%, Romney 28%, Gingrich 27%, Paul 9%

  • Vermont Primary, Mar. 6
    Romney 40%, Paul 25%, Santorum 24%, Gingrich 8%

  • Virginia Primary, Mar. 6
    Romney 60%, Paul 40%

  • Kansas Caucus, Mar. 10
    Santorum 51%, Romney 21%, Gingrich 14%, Paul 13%

  • US Virgin Islands Caucus, Mar. 10
    Paul 29%, Romney 26%

  • N. Mariana Islands Caucus, Mar. 10
    Romney 87%

  • Guam Caucus, Mar. 10
    Romney 96%

  • Alabama Primary, Mar. 13
    Santorum 35%, Gingrich 29%, Romney 29%, Paul 5%

  • Hawaii Caucus, Mar. 13
    Romney 45%, Santorum 25%, Paul 18%, Gingrich 11%

  • American Samoa Caucus, Mar. 13
    Romney Won All Delegates

  • Mississippi Primary, Mar. 13
    Santorum 33%, Gingrich 31%, Romney 30%

  • Missouri Caucus, Mar. 17-24
    Results Unknown

  • Puerto Rico Primary, Mar. 18
    Romney 83%, Santorum 8%

  • Illinois Primary, Mar. 20
    Romney 47%, Santorum 35%, Paul 9%, Gingrich 8%

  • Louisiana Primary, Mar. 24
    Santorum 49%, Romney 27%, Gingrich 16%

April 2012

  • Wisconsin Primary, Apr. 3
    Romney 44%, Santorum 37%, Paul 11%

  • Maryland Primary, Apr. 3
    Romney 49%, Santorum 29%, Gingrich 11%

  • Washington, D.C. Primary, Apr. 3
    Romney 68%, Paul, 12%, Gingrich 11%

    Rick Santorum suspended his campaign following a trio of losses in early April, removing what appeared to be Mitt Romney's final roadblock in the path to the GOP nomination.

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