United States Presidential Election, 2012

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The United States Presidential Election, 2012 was held on November 6, 2012. The 2012 election is the 57th presidential election in the history of United States of America. The Presidential election will coincide with the Senate Elections for 33 seats and the elections to the House of Representatives for the 113th Congress.

President Barack Obama successfully contested for a second term and defeated Republican rival Mitt Romney.

US 2012 Presidential Election
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Results & Projections

Main Article: United States Presidential Election, 2012 - Poll Day

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have won the re-election and will serve for the next four years.

  • Barack Obama: 303
  • Mitt Romney: 206

270 electoral votes were needed to win

Candidates

The following candidates will contest the presidential election.

Announced Intention to Contest

The following candidates have earlier officially announced their intention to run for the United States Presidential Election, 2012.

Democratic Party

Republican Party

Withdrawn Candidates

During Primaries
  • Michele Bachmann - U.S. Representative from Minnesota, withdrew from race on January 4, 2012
Before Primaries

See Also: Republican Party (US) Presidential Primaries, 2012

See Also: Republican Party 2012 Presidential Straw Polls

Green Party

Libertarian Party

  • R. Lee Wrights - author, activist, and former Libertarian National Committee member

Prohibition Party

  • James Hedges - Prohibition activist and former Thompson Township Tax Assessor from Pennsylvania

Timeline

September 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney accepts nominations of Democratic and Republican parties respectively to contest the elections.

July 2011

July 27: According to a report by Media Matters, Herman Cain has made the most number of appearances on Fox News between June 1 - 24, 2011. Herman Cain leads the table among the Republican presidential candidates. Herman Cain (19), Ron Paul (17), Tim Pawlenty (14), Michele Bachmann (13), Newt Gingrich (12), Gary Johnson (11), Rick Santorum (10), Mitt Romney (3), Jon Huntsman (2) and Buddy Roemer (1).

July 21: Republican Buddy Roemer officially announces that he is running for president's office in the 2012 Presidential Election.

July 19: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a legislation scheduling the Presidential Primary election on April 24, 2012. The state's last presidential primary was held on February 5, 2008. The date of April 24 coincides with the presidential primary election in near-by states of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

July 11: Republican Senator Jim DeMint is planning to host a presidential forum on September 5, 2011 which is scheduled to take place Columbia, South Carolina. The event is called The Palmetto Freedom Forum will be a question and answer session. Candidates who wants to appear on the forum must meet a threshold of 5 percent in an average of national polls conducted by the website RealClearPolitics. The questions will come from a panel of three - DeMint, Iowa Rep. Steve King and Robert P. George.

July 10: Rick Santorum signs pro-marriage pledge promising personal fidelity.

July 1: With the quarter 2 of fundraising coming to an end on June 30, some of the presidential campaigns have revealed the amount they have raised in the second quarter for their campaigns.

Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords confirms that he is running for the President's office in 2012.

June 2011

June 30: Former President Bill Clinton on Republican Presidential candidates: "The ones I liked are the ones that you think are more moderate, 'cause I think they're a little more connected to the real world. And I think they'll be-- they'd be formidable. ... But I'm afraid if I say anything nice about them, they'll lose, for sure."

About Jon Huntsman: "[He] did a very nice, a good job for America as ambassador to China. I think he's quite an impressive man. He's got an impressive family. I had the honor of meeting one of his children once and having a conversation with her. I think that he's refreshingly, kind of, unhide-bound. Just comes across as non-ideological -- conservative, but non-ideological, practical."

About Mitt Romney: "[He is] doing a better job as a candidate this time than he did four years ago. [He] comes across as more relaxed and more convicted about what he did do, less willing to just be forced into apologizing for it because it violates some part of his party orthodoxy."

About Michele Bachmann: "I've been watching her speak at some of these conventions on ESPN, you know, she comes across as a real person. ... The story that they tell is pretty compelling, all those foster children she's taken in, and children she's raised and the work she's done."

About the Republican field in general: "I'm going to do my best to make them better candidates, indirectly. Even though I don't want them to beat President Obama, I'm going to do my best by proving at this conference that there are things we can do to create jobs and that we should all be focused on doing what we can do to make America work. And we should be less focused on spouting, you know, political lines and dumping on each other. All that matters is putting the country back to work. We put the country back to work and prepare for the new century, the rest of this will take care of itself."

June 28: A new Gallup poll shows that Michele Bachmann who formally announced her presidential campaign in Iowa this week enters the race with 69% recognition and 24% positive intensity. Another GOP contender Herman Cain's recognition also rose to 46% from 21% in March this year. However, his positive intensity score fell a few points below 28%, his highest. Mitt Romney, who is considered the frontrunner, is enjoying his time at the top of the table with 85% recognition. However, his positive intensity score is at 15%. Among other contenders, Jon Huntsman has 39% recognition - 2% positive intensity, Newt Gingrich with 86% recognition - 2% positive intensity, Tim Pawlenty with 57% recognition - 8% positive intensity.

A poll released by Hayes Research Group showed that Alaskans prefer Barack Obama to Sarah Palin. The poll which has a sample size of 500 likely voters has a 4.4 point margin-of-error. Barack Obama is "strongly" backed by 34%, "not so strong" by 6%, and 2% undecided but leaning toward him. Sarah Palin on the other hand, received 25% strong backing, 6% not so strong and 5% undecided but leaning toward her.

A poll released by Suffolk University and WHDH-TV in New Hampshire shows that Mitt Romney is holding steady but Michele Bachmann is fast approaching him to the top of the table. Michele Bachmann moved to 11% from 3%. Those who watched the Presidential debate on June 13 said that Mitt Romney won the debate by 33% of respondents, while Bachmann is chosen as winner by 31%.

June 26: Nancy Pelosi blames the Republicans for the high unemployment rate in the country. In CNN's "State of the Union" interview, she said:

"When the … unemployment rate is high, it's hard for the incumbent to win. I remind you though, we're not the incumbent. The Republicans are the incumbent."

June 25: The first Des Moines Register poll shows that Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann are rising to be the favorites for Republicans for the nomination for the 2012 Presidential Election. Mitt Romney attracts a support of 23%, while Bachmann is closing on with 22%. Former CEO of Godfather's Pizza Herman Cain is in the third spot with 10%. Ron Paul received 7% of the votes polled, while Tim Pawlenty received a disappointing 6%. Rick Santorum received support from 4%, while Jon Huntsman received just 2%.

June 23: A Bloomberg News Poll said that 36% of those surveyed said they will definitely vote for another candidate in the 2012 presidential election, 26% will consider voting for another candidate and 30% will definitely vote for Barack Obama. Among the potential candidates for President's office, Mitt Romney leads the "very favorable" and "mostly favorable" spots with 37% support, while former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is second with 31% support. Barack Obama beats the Republican candidates with 54% favorable rating to 42% unfavorable rating. The poll surveyed 1,000 adults from June 17 till June 20.

June 22: President Obama delivers a prime-time speech announcing 33,000 troops withdrawl from Afghanistan by September 2012.
June 21: Jon Huntsman announces his Presidential bid at Statue Liberty Park in New York.
June 18: Tim Pawlenty reiterates his pledge to grow the country's economy 5 percent a year if he becomes president.
June 13: Michele Bachmann announces that she is running for the US Presidential Office in 2012 elections.
June 6: Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for GOP nomination for the Presidential election in 2012.

Fund Raising

Candidate Raised Spent Debts Cash on Hand Large Individuals Small Individuals End Date
Barack Obama Democrat $48,662,185 $80,235,455 $412,878 $37,110,346 $11,158,236 $21,220,058 June 30, 2011
Mitt Romney Republican $18,284,223 $5,575,690 $0 $12,715,495 $17,130,766 $1,103,457 June 30, 2011
Tim Pawlenty Republican $4,473,673 $2,472,583 $1,915 $2,001,090 $3,964,958 $460,880 June 30, 2011
Michele Bachmann Republican $3,636,523 $257,456 $364,120 $3,379,067 $546,804 $1,092,919 June 30, 2011
Herman Cain Republican $2,552,835 $2,070,941 $0 $0 $903,765 $1,146,571 June 30, 2011
Newt Gingrich Republican $2,094,866 $1,772,644 $1,030,628 $322,222 $1,154,630 $921,286 June 30, 2011
Rick Santorum Republican $582,098 $352,983 $0 $229,115 $442,261 $139,587 June 30, 2011
Fred Karger Republican $266,511 $264,208 $0 $2,304 $23,280 $13,222 June 30, 2011
Gary Johnson Republican $180,237 $174,230 $227,360 $6,007 $135,751 $44,485 June 30, 2011
Thad McCotter Republican $33,055 $54,637 $0 $478,780 $3,250 $6,520 March 31, 2011

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

TV Coverage

The coverage of politics in the week before the election dropped due to super storm Sandy. NBC, ABC and CBS has dedicated just 42 minutes of coverage on the presidential race in the first week of November. The Republicans blamed this for the loss of its nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Total minutes that NBC, ABC and CBS spent in the last week of presidential campaigns over the years

  • 2012: 42 minutes
  • 2008: 128 minutes
  • 2004: 147 minutes
  • 2000: 158 minutes
  • 1996: 82 minutes
  • 1992: 163 minutes
  • 1988: 141 minutes

See Also