United States presidential election, 2012 timeline

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The following is a timeline of major events leading up to the United States presidential election of 2012. The election was the 57th quadrennial United States presidential election and was held on November 6, 2012.

2009[edit]

October[edit]

2010[edit]

January[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

2011[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

Buddy Roemer, former Governor of Louisiana, announces the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[17][18]
  • March 16 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expands on her previous statement to also specify that she will not serve as vice-president or a second term as Secretary of State[19]
  • March 21Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, announces the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party;[20][21] Fred Karger announces he will run for president.
  • March 23 – Fred Karger officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.[22]

April[edit]

  • April 4 – President Barack Obama files papers with the Federal Election Commission and announces his candidacy for a second presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, and re-election to a second term as President[23][24][25]
  • April 11Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation of a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party;[26] The St. Anselm College Republican Straw Poll in Goffstown, New Hampshire is won by Fred Karger with 25% of the vote, followed closely by Romney with 23%[27]
  • April 13Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation of a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[28]
  • April 18Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[29][30]
  • April 21Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico, officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[31]
  • April 26 – Ron Paul announced the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[32][33]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 2 – Mitt Romney officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[44][45]
  • June 6 – Rick Santorum officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[46][47]
  • June 13CNN and the New Hampshire Union Leader hosts a Republican debate in Goffstown, New Hampshire[48][49]
  • June 14 - Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative of Minnesota, announces during the debate that she has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission for a run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[50]
  • June 18 – Results of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll: Ron Paul 612; Jon Huntsman 382; Michele Bachmann 191; Herman Cain 104; Mitt Romney 74; Newt Gingrich 69; Sarah Palin 41; Rick Santorum 30; Tim Pawlenty 18; Gary Johnson 10; Buddy Roemer 9; Thad McCotter 2[51]
  • June 21 – Jon Huntsman officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[52][53]
  • June 22 – Retired engineer and perennial candidate Jack Fellure wins the presidential nomination of the Prohibition Party at the Party's national convention in Cullman, Alabama[54]
  • June 27 – Michele Bachmann officially announces her candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[55][56]

July[edit]

  • July 1Thaddeus McCotter, U.S. Representative of Michigan, announces he has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to campaign for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[57][58]
  • July 2 – Thaddeus McCotter officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.[59][60]
  • July 21 – Buddy Roemer officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party[61][62]

August[edit]

  • August 12 – Republican candidates debate is held in Iowa. Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Pawlenty, Romney, and Santorum are the participants[63]
  • August 13 – Michele Bachmann wins the Ames straw poll in Iowa.[64]
  • August 13 – Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.[65][66]
  • August 14 – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announces his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination[67]

September[edit]

  • September 6John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, announces that he will not run for president in 2012[68]
  • September 7 – Republican candidates debate is held in Simi Valley, California. Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum are the participants[69]
  • September 12 – Republican candidates debate is held in Tampa, Florida. Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum are the participants[70]
  • September 14 -Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issues an official proclamation that the Arizona primary shall be held on February 28
  • September 19 -Ralph Nader and others announce a coalition to find a Primary challenger for Obama.[71]
  • September 22 – U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter announces his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination[72][73]
  • September 22 – Republican candidates debate is held in Orlando, Florida. Sponsors: Fox News, Google and Florida Republican Party. Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Johnson, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum[74]
  • September 26 – Herman Cain wins Florida 5 straw poll.[75]

October[edit]

  • October 4Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, responding to mounting speculation that he would make a late entry in the Republican presidential nomination race, announces he will not run for President in 2012[76][77]
  • October 5Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Party nominee for Vice President, announces that she will not run for President in 2012[78]
  • October 11Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City and 2008 candidate, announces that he will not run for President in 2012[79][80]
  • October 11— Republican candidates debate on Bloomberg Television at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Sponsored by Bloomberg, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV.
  • October 12— Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, and Rick Santorum, all address the New Hampshire House of Representatives[81]
  • October 14–16Socialist Party USA convention in Los Angeles, CA selects Stewart Alexander as their presidential candidate and Alejandro Mendoza as their vice-presidential candidate[82]
  • October 18— Republican candidates debate on CNN in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sponsored by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

November[edit]

  • November 5— Herman Cain wins Sioux Falls Straw Poll[83]
  • November 9— Republican candidates debate on CNBC at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party
  • November 22- Republican candidates debate on CNN in Washington, D.C.

December[edit]

  • December 3— Herman Cain announces the suspension of his campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination[84]
  • December 3 – Green Party presidential candidates debate in Los Angeles, California[85]
  • December 7— Newt Gingrich wins Delaware state committee straw poll[86]
  • December 10— Republican candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University. Sponsored by ABC News and Republican Party of Iowa
  • December 15— Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, hosted by Fox News
  • December 19— Republican presidential candidates debate in Goffstown, New Hampshire, Sponsored by Saint Anselm College[87] None of the candidates listed on the ballot in the Iowa Caucus attend.
  • December 19— Democratic candidates debate in Goffstown, New Hamphire, Sponsored by Saint Anselm College[87] President Obama does not participate
  • December 19— Newt Gingrich narrowly wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll over Michele Bachmann[88]
  • December 28— Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson ends his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and enters the race of the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination[89]

2012[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 3Washington state Republican caucuses – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 6(Super Tuesday) – Romney wins six states; Santorum, three states; Gingrich wins Georgia
  • March 6 – Alaska Republican district conventions – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 6 – Colorado Republican caucuses – won by Santorum
  • March 6 – Georgia Republican primary – won by Newt Gingrich
  • March 6 – Idaho Republican caucuses – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 6 – North Dakota Republican caucuses – won by Rick Santorum
  • March 6 – Massachusetts primary – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 6 – Minnesota Republican caucuses – won by Rick Santorum
  • March 6 – Ohio Republican primary – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 6 – Oklahoma Republican primary – won by Rick Santorum
  • March 6 – Tennessee primary – won by Rick Santorum
  • March 6 – Vermont Republican primary – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 6 – Virginia Republican primary – won by Mitt Romney
  • March 10Kansas Republican caucuses are won by Rick Santorum
  • March 10 – Virgin Islands Republican caucuses are won by Ron Paul, but most of the delegates were awarded to Mitt Romney[93]
  • March 11 – Maine Democratic caucuses - won by Barack Obama
  • March 13Alabama Republican primary; Hawaii, and American Samoa Republican caucuses; Mississippi Democratic and Republican Primaries; Utah Democratic caucuses
  • March 17 – Missouri Republican caucuses (52 delegates)[94]
  • March 18 – Puerto Rico Republican caucuses – won by Romney
  • March 20 – Mitt Romney wins the Illinois primaries
  • March 24 – Louisiana primaries – won by Rick Santorum
  • March 31 – Arizona Democratic caucuses - won by Barack Obama

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • May 2 – Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich suspended his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Mitt Romney[102]
  • May 4–6 – The 2012 Libertarian National Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada[103] Ron Paul wins the majority of delegates in Nevada and Maine.[104]
  • May 5 – Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson wins the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party[105]
  • May 5 – Michigan Democratic caucuses, Florida Democratic caucuses
  • May 8 – Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia primaries
  • May 15 – Nebraska, and Oregon primaries
  • May 22 – Arkansas, and Kentucky primaries
  • May 29 – Texas primaries
  • May 31 - Buddy Roemer ends his presidential campaign[106]

June[edit]

  • June 3 – Puerto Rico Democratic caucuses[107]
  • June 5 – California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota primaries; North Dakota Democratic caucuses
  • June 26 – Utah primaries
  • June 29 - Political consultant Fred Karger suspends his presidential campaign

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • November 4 – Early voting ends
  • November 5– Second Free and Equal Elections Foundation debate, moderated by Christina Tobin and Thom Hartmann
  • November 6Election Day: President Barack Obama is reelected with 51% of the popular vote

December[edit]

2013[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 4 – Electoral votes formally counted before a joint session of Congress; the President of the Senate formally announces the electoral result. (Constitution mandates this to occur on Jan. 6; since that is a Sunday in 2013 Congress voted to change it to Jan. 4 [114])
  • January 20 - Beginning of new presidential term
  • January 21Inauguration Day

Election Campaign 2012 candidate participation timeline[edit]

Candidate announcement and, if applicable, withdrawal dates are as follows:

Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign, 2012 Thaddeus McCotter presidential campaign, 2012 Herman Cain presidential campaign, 2012 Michele Bachmann presidential campaign, 2012 Jon Huntsman presidential campaign, 2012 Rick Perry presidential campaign, 2012 Buddy Roemer presidential campaign, 2012 Buddy Roemer presidential campaign, 2012 Gary Johnson presidential campaign, 2012 Gary Johnson presidential campaign, 2012 Rick Santorum presidential campaign, 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign, 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign, 2012 Newt Gingrich presidential campaign, 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2012
All data as of January 1, 2013

See also[edit]

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