Republican Party (US) Presidential Primaries, 2012

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The Presidential Primaries of the Republican Party will be held in 2012. The Primaries will be used to determine the Presidential Candidate from the Republican Party to contest in the United States Presidential Election, 2012.

An Amendment was passed in August 2010 by a temporary committee of the Republican National Committee (RNC). As per the amendment, the primaries for the traditional states i.e. Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will be held in February, 2012.

Primary and caucus dates

  • February 6 – March 5, 2012: Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire primary, Nevada caucuses, South Carolina primary
    • February 6 – Iowa caucuses (confirmed)
    • February 14 – New Hampshire primary (expected)
    • February 18 – Nevada caucuses (confirmed)
  • March 6–31, 2012: Primaries (and other contests) that provide for proportional allocation of delegates to the candidates, and all nonbinding caucuses;
  • April 1, 2012 onward: All other contests.
  • April 24: New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The 2012 Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place the week of August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida, the week prior to when the 2012 Democratic National Convention is scheduled to take place.

Republican Presidential Debates

Date Host Location Info
July 10, 2011 The Daily Caller Nevada, Las Vegas Hosted in conjunction with Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens Outreach Foundation
August 11, 2011 Fox News, the Washington Examiner and the Republican Party of Iowa Ames, Iowa Debate will take place in Iowa State University


The support of potential republican presidential candidates is tested by several straw polls organized by Republican and conservative organizations.

See Also: Straw polls for the Republican Party (US) Presidential Primaries, 2012



July 22: GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney wins the 2011 Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll receiving 25% of the votes, followed by Tim Pawlenty with 16%. Michele Bachmann is third in the table with 15% support.

July 16: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, says he won't endorse any candidate in the Republican primaries and says that the field is wide open. Instead, he will concentrate his efforts in trying to defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. “I’m not sure that I’ll even take sides in the primaries,” Haley said. “If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels had run, I would have been for him. There’s nobody else I feel that strongly about.”