United States presidential election in California, 2012

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United States presidential election in California, 2012
California
2008 ←
November 6, 2012
→ 2016

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Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 55 0
Popular vote 7,854,285 4,839,958
Percentage 60.24% 37.12%

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County Results
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  Obama—70-80%
  Obama—60-70%
  Obama—50-60%
  Obama—<50%
  Romney—<50%
  Romney—50-60%
  Romney—60-70%

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

California Republican primary, 2012
California
2008 ←
June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)
→ 2016

  Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg
Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 171 0
Popular vote 1,151,197 147,893
Percentage 79.6 % 10.2 %

2012 Republican primary California.svg

Results by county. Orange indicates a win by Romney.

The 2012 United States presidential election in California took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 general election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. California voters chose 55 electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

According to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's website, the President won the popular vote with 60.24%, Mitt Romney in second place at 37.12%, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in third place at 1.10%.[1] The Democrats have won the state in every presidential election since 1992.

Primaries[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

There was no primary in 2012 for the Democratic party.

Republican primary[edit]

The California Republican 2012 primary took place on June 5, 2012.[2][3][4] 169 delegates will be chosen, for a total of 172 delegates to go to the national convention.

Delegate allocation rule[edit]

As noted in the Green Papers for California [1]. "159 district delegates are to be bound to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the 53 congressional districts: each congressional district is assigned 3 National Convention delegates and the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in that district will receive all 3 of that district's National Convention delegates. 10 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 0 bonus delegate) are to be bound to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in the primary statewide. In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the California's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position."

Results[edit]

California Republican primary, 2012[5]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 1,530,513 79.5% 171
Ron Paul 199,246 10.4% 0
Rick Santorum 102,258 5.3% 0
Newt Gingrich 72,022 3.7% 0
Buddy Roemer 12,520 0.7% 0
Fred Karger 8,393 0.4% 0
Jeremy Hannon 11 0.0% 0
Donald James Gonzales 5 0.0% 0
Sheldon Yeu Howard 2 0.0% 0
Unpledged delegates: 1
Total: 1,924,970 100% 172
Key: Withdrew prior to contest Write-in

General election[edit]

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
  • Tom Hoefling/Robert Ornelas, Independent
  • Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan, Peace and Freedom

Write-In Candidate Access:

  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice
  • James Harris/Maura DeLuca, Socialist Workers
  • Stewart Alexander/Alejandro Mendoza, Socialist
  • Jerry White/Phyllis Scherrer, Socialist Equality
  • Stephen Durham/Christina Lopez, Freedom Socialist
  • Ron Paul/Andrew Napolitano [6]

Results[edit]

By county[edit]

County Obama Votes Romney Votes Others Votes Total
Alameda 78.7% 469,684 18.1% 108,182 3.2% 19,027 596,893
Alpine 59.5% 389 36.1% 236 4.4% 29 654
Amador 38.6% 6,830 58.1% 10,281 3.3% 582 17,693
Butte 46.9% 42,669 48.9% 44,479 4.2% 3,873 91,021
Calaveras 39.7% 8,670 56.5% 12,365 3.8% 827 21,862
Colusa 38.3% 2,314 59.6% 3,601 2.1% 130 6,045
Contra Costa 66.2% 290,824 31.1% 136,517 2.7% 11,804 439,145
Del Norte 43.4% 3,791 52.8% 4,614 3.8% 331 8,736
El Dorado 39.5% 35,166 57.3% 50,973 3.2% 2,859 88,998
Fresno 49.7% 129,129 47.9% 124,490 1.8% 6,078 259,697
Glenn 35.9% 3,301 61.3% 5,632 2.8% 258 9,191
Humboldt 59.7% 34,457 32.6% 18,825 7.7% 4,404 57,686
Imperial 65.2% 25,136 33.2% 12,776 1.6% 620 38,532
Inyo 42.8% 3,422 54.2% 4,340 3.0% 242 8,004
Kern 40.5% 89,495 57.3% 126,618 2.2% 4,900 221,013
Kings 41.4% 12,979 56.4% 17,671 2.2% 701 31,351
Lake 56.4% 13,163 39.5% 9,200 4.1% 955 23,318
Lassen 28.5% 3,053 68.0% 7,296 3.5% 376 10,725
Los Angeles 69.7% 2,216,903 27.8% 885,333 2.5% 77,378 3,179,614
Madera 40.2% 16,018 57.3% 22,852 2.5% 996 39,866
Marin 74.1% 99,896 22.9% 30,880 3.0% 3,955 134,731
Mariposa 39.0% 3,498 57.3% 5,140 3.7% 335 8,973
Mendocino 66.0% 23,193 27.5% 9,658 6.5% 2,286 35,137
Merced 53.0% 33,005 44.3% 27,581 2.7% 1,636 62,222
Modoc 27.7% 1,113 69.1% 2,779 3.2% 130 4,022
Mono 52.9% 2,733 44.2% 2,285 2.9% 150 5,168
Monterey 67.3% 82,918 30.3% 37,389 2.4% 2,959 123,266
Napa 63.1% 35,870 34.3% 19,526 2.6% 1,457 56,853
Nevada 47.7% 24,663 48.4% 24,986 3.9% 2,026 51,675
Orange 45.6% 512,440 51.9% 582,332 2.5% 27,892 1,122,664
Placer 38.9% 66,818 58.2% 99,921 2.9% 4,972 171,711
Plumas 39.9% 4,026 56.8% 5,721 3.3% 333 10,080
Riverside 49.8% 329,063 48.2% 318,127 2.0% 13,425 660,615
Sacramento 58.1% 300,503 39.1% 202,514 2.8% 14,565 517,582
San Benito 59.1% 11,276 38.5% 7,343 2.4% 462 19,081
San Bernardino 52.6% 305,109 45.2% 262,358 2.2% 13,136 580,603
San Diego 52.7% 626,957 45.1% 536,726 2.2% 25,288 1,188,971
San Francisco 83.4% 301,723 13.0% 47,076 3.4% 12,996 361,795
San Joaquin 55.6% 114,121 41.9% 86,071 2.5% 5,172 205,364
San Luis Obispo 48.6% 61,258 47.6% 59,967 3.8% 4,741 125,966
San Mateo 72.1% 206,087 25.4% 72,756 2.5% 6,878 285,721
Santa Barbara 57.4% 94,129 39.4% 64,606 3.2% 5,150 163,885
Santa Clara 70.2% 450,818 27.2% 174,843 2.6% 16,290 641,951
Santa Cruz 75.4% 90,805 20.0% 24,047 4.6% 5,533 120,385
Shasta 33.8% 25,819 62.8% 48,067 3.4% 2,615 76,501
Sierra 36.3% 652 58.7% 1,056 5.0% 90 1,798
Siskiyou 40.2% 8,044 55.4% 11,076 4.4% 870 19,990
Solano 63.3% 96,783 34.1% 52,092 2.6% 3,965 152,840
Sonoma 71.0% 153,942 25.3% 54,784 3.2% 8,139 216,865
Stanislaus 50.0% 77,724 47.3% 73,459 2.7% 4,186 155,369
Sutter 39.2% 12,192 58.3% 18,122 2.5% 769 31,083
Tehama 34.4% 7,934 61.8% 14,235 3.8% 874 23,043
Trinity 46.6% 2,674 47.3% 2,716 6.1% 349 5,739
Tulare 41.2% 41,752 56.2% 56,956 2.6% 2,571 101,279
Tuolumne 40.4% 9,998 56.0% 13,880 3.6% 880 24,758
Ventura 52.2% 170,929 45.1% 147,958 2.7% 8,825 327,712
Yolo 65.4% 48,715 31.4% 23,368 3.2% 2,392 74,475
Yuba 39.3% 7,711 57.4% 11,275 3.3% 660 19,646

Final results[edit]

United States presidential election in California, 2012[7]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 7,854,285 60.24% 55
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 4,839,958 37.12% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 143,221 1.10% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 85,638 0.66% 0
Peace and Freedom Roseanne Barr Cindy Sheehan 53,824 0.41% 0
American Independent Thomas Hoefling Robert Ornelas 38,372 0.29% 0
Independent Ron Paul (write-in) Andrew Napolitano 21,461 0.16% 0
Independent Rocky Anderson (write-in) Luis Rodriguez 992 0.01% 0
Independent Virgil Goode (write-in) Jim Clymer 503 0.00% 0
Independent Stewart Alexander (write-in) Alejandro Mendoza 82 0.00% 0
Independent Jerry White (write-in) Phyllis Scherrer 79 0.00% 0
Independent James Harris (write-in) Maura DeLuca 72 0.00% 0
Independent Stephen Durham (write-in) Christina López 54 0.00% 0
Independent Shelia Tittle (write-in) Matthew Turner 6 0.00% 0
Valid votes 13,038,547 98.76%
Invalid or blank votes 163,611 1.24%
Totals 13,202,158 100.00% 55
Voter turnout 72.35%

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