See Also: 2012 GOP Primary Results
Romney Wins 3 Contests, Santorum Drops Out of RaceApril 3 and 10, 2012
Romney handily won Wisconsin, and tacked on wide-margin wins in the District of Columbia and Maryland on April 3rd. One week later, Rick Santorum ended his bid for the White House, which signaled the end of the 2012 nominating contest. While Romney still has a number of delegates remaining to officially pick up, his rival campaigns have no real strategy to battle the nomination. Both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul appear primarily interested in having some input into the 2012 Republican Party platform.
In what is starting to look like the beginning of he end for Rick Santorum's presidential hopes, Mitt Romney scored huge wins in Illinois and Puerto Rico. Illinois was seen as a "must win" state for Santorum, who had fallen well behind in the delegate count.
Santorum and Romney split four contests. Santorum wins contests in Alabama and Mississippi, while Romney wins Hawaii and American Samoa. Romney actually increases the delegate spread, however, by more decisive wins in his contests.
Continuing a dominating performance in the 2012 nominating process, Romney picks up six out of 10 "Super Tuesday" contests including the big get, Ohio.
After a setback in Colorado, Romney holds off Rick Santorum in Michigan, easily takes Arizona, and picks up a 4th straight win in an under-the-radar Wyoming caucus.
Romney takes Nevada and Maine, but Rick Santorum steals the spotlight with an unexpected surge and earns caucus wins in Colorado and Minnesota.
Romney wins the Florida Republican Primary, capturing 46% of the vote and all 50 Delegates. Newt Gingrich finishes a distant second with 32% while Rick Santorum and Ron Paul opted not to compete heavily in the state, and finished with less than 15% each. It was a big come-back win for Romney after a big loss in South Carolina a week earlier.
Fresh off a big win in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich aimed to solidify his status as the Republican frontrunner. His debate magic took the night off, and Romney took the gloves off. Newt Gingrich would later complain that the lack of crowd interaction was to blame for his poor debate performance, and vowed to refuse any future debates where silence was mandated.
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pulls off a huge win in South Carolina after back-to-back 4th place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. He is lifted by two strong debate performances during the week, where he hit hard at the media and drew a pair of standing ovations. Meanwhile, Romney stumbled a bit after being attacked for not releasing his tax returns.
Rick Perry officially drops out of the Republican race for President following two huge losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, and trailing badly in South Carolina polls. It marks the quick rise and fall of a candidate who launched a multimillion dollar campaign, but stumbled out of the gates. He throws his support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
After a poor performance in Iowa, Jon Huntsman actually over-performed in New Hampshire, coming in 3rd place with just over 16% of the vote. But it was not enough to keep him in the race and he dropped out to hand his support to Mitt Romney.
As was expected, Mitt Romney pulled off a huge win in New Hampshire, capturing nearly 40% of the vote in a large field of candidates. Ron Paul came in second, while Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum finished distantly.
Rick Santorum Wins Iowa Caucus
After initially being declared a small victory for Mitt Romney, the Iowa GOP declared Rick Santorum the winner of the "first in the nation" caucus. However, this verification took over a week and a number of ballots were determined to be lost, calling into question who actually won the caucus.
Jan. 03, 2012
The Field is Set
Jan. 1, 2012
After months of announcements, debates, flirtations with running, and even withdrawals, the final field for the Republican nomination for President of the United States is set. The leading contenders are Governor Mitt Romney (MA), House Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA), Congressman Ron Paul (TX), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN), Governor Jon Huntsman (UT), Senator Rick Santorum (PA), and Governor Rick Perry (TX).