United States presidential election in Illinois, 2012

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United States presidential election in Illinois, 2012
Illinois
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November 6, 2012
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Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 20 0
Popular vote 3,019,512 2,135,216
Percentage 57.60% 40.73%

Illinois presidential election results 2012.svg

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

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Illinois took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Illinois voters chose 20 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. The Obama/Biden ticket won Illinois with 57.60% of the popular vote to Romney/Ryan's 40.73%, thus winning the state's 20 electoral votes by a margin of 16.87%.[1]

Obama's victory in Illinois was due to an overwhelmingly strong vote total in Cook County, which includes Illinois' largest city, Chicago. Obama won Cook County by 74%, receiving 1,488,537 votes, compared to Romney who received only 24.6% of the votes in Cook County, or 495,542 votes.[2] The importance of the vote in Chicago and the rest of Cook County to Obama's victory in Illinois can be illustrated by a hypothetical scenario in which its votes are not included in the overall state total. If one were to subtract all of the votes in Cook County from Illinois' total votes cast, Romney would have actually won Illinois, having received 1,629,863 votes (50.62%) in the rest of the state, compared to Obama, who received 1,524,886 votes (47.36%). This, despite Obama's good performance in the suburban collar counties, which are considered swing counties.

Obama's victory continued a Democratic winning streak in the state - the Democratic candidate has carried Illinois through the previous six election cycles. The last Republican to win Illinois in a Presidential Election was George H.W. Bush in 1988.

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Illinois, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 3,019,512 57.60% 20
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 2,135,216 40.73% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 56,229 1.07% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 30,222 0.58% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 835 0.02% 0
Totals 5,242,014 100.00% 20

By county[3][edit]

County Obama % Obama Votes Romney % Romney Votes Others % Others Votes Total Votes
Adams 31.5% 9,648 66.7% 20,416 1.8% 543 30,607
Alexander 56.1% 1,965 42.5% 1,487 1.4% 49 3,501
Bond 40.9% 3,020 55.5% 4,095 3.5% 260 7,375
Boone 46.1% 9,883 51.8% 11,096 2.2% 462 21,441
Brown 33.3% 787 64.0% 1,513 2.7% 64 2,364
Bureau 48.7% 8,134 48.9% 8,164 2.3% 388 16,686
Calhoun 41.9% 1,080 55.9% 1,440 2.2% 56 2,576
Carroll 49.5% 3,665 48.0% 3,555 2.5% 186 7,406
Cass 42.1% 2,053 55.5% 2,707 2.4% 118 4,878
Champaign 51.9% 40,831 44.9% 35,312 3.1% 2,466 78,609
Christian 37.3% 5,494 60.3% 8,885 2.4% 348 14,727
Clark 32.9% 2,591 65.2% 5,144 1.9% 151 7,886
Clay 26.8% 1,584 70.9% 4,190 2.3% 134 5,908
Clinton 34.0% 5,596 63.9% 10,524 2.2% 361 16,481
Coles 43.2% 9,262 54.3% 11,631 2.5% 544 21,437
Cook 74.0% 1,488,537 24.6% 495,542 1.4% 27,519 2,011,598
Crawford 33.1% 2,858 64.7% 5,585 2.2% 190 8,633
Cumberland 31.0% 1,641 66.3% 3,509 2.7% 145 5,295
DeKalb 51.6% 21,207 46.1% 18,934 2.3% 951 41,092
De Witt 35.3% 2,601 62.1% 4,579 2.6% 188 7,368
Douglas 30.8% 2,430 67.5% 5,334 1.7% 133 7,897
DuPage 49.7% 199,460 48.6% 195,046 1.6% 6,575 401,081
Edgar 32.7% 2,565 65.5% 5,132 1.8% 138 7,835
Edwards 23.4% 754 74.5% 2,405 2.1% 69 3,228
Effingham 23.2% 3,861 75.2% 12,501 1.5% 251 16,613
Fayette 31.7% 2,853 66.0% 5,951 2.3% 208 9,012
Ford 27.5% 1,656 70.2% 4,229 2.3% 139 6,024
Franklin 40.5% 7,254 57.3% 10,267 2.2% 393 17,914
Fulton 54.0% 8,328 43.0% 6,632 2.9% 451 15,411
Gallatin 40.0% 1,029 58.0% 1,492 2.0% 52 2,573
Greene 35.9% 2,023 61.2% 3,451 2.9% 163 5,637
Grundy 44.3% 9,451 53.2% 11,343 2.4% 519 21,313
Hamilton 32.2% 1,269 65.1% 2,566 2.7% 106 3,941
Hancock 40.1% 3,650 57.9% 5,271 2.1% 190 9,111
Hardin 31.8% 742 65.9% 1,535 2.3% 53 2,330
Henderson 55.4% 1,978 43.2% 1,541 1.4% 49 3,568
Henry 50.5% 12,332 47.5% 11,583 2.0% 490 24,405
Iroquois 26.7% 3,413 71.3% 9,120 2.0% 251 12,784
Jackson 55.3% 13,319 40.9% 9,864 3.8% 921 24,104
Jasper 28.5% 1,436 69.7% 3,514 1.8% 93 5,043
Jersey 36.8% 3,667 60.6% 6,039 2.5% 253 9,959
Jo Daviess 49.6% 5,667 48.4% 5,534 2.0% 228 11,429
Johnson 27.7% 1,572 69.9% 3,963 2.4% 137 5,672
Kane 49.7% 90,332 48.6% 88,335 1.6% 2,981 181,648
Kankakee 47.3% 21,595 50.7% 23,136 2.0% 923 45,654
Kendall 47.4% 22,471 50.7% 24,047 1.9% 892 47,410
Knox 57.6% 13,451 40.3% 9,408 2.1% 497 23,356
Lake 53.5% 153,757 45.1% 129,764 1.4% 3,972 287,493
LaSalle 48.8% 23,073 49.2% 23,256 2.0% 930 47,259
Lawrence 33.6% 2,011 64.4% 3,857 2.0% 121 5,989
Lee 45.2% 6,937 52.5% 8,059 2.3% 352 15,348
Livingston 33.3% 5,020 64.7% 9,753 2.0% 304 15,077
Logan 33.0% 3,978 65.1% 7,844 1.9% 231 12,053
Macon 46.5% 22,780 51.6% 25,309 1.9% 941 49,030
Macoupin 44.9% 9,464 51.9% 10,946 3.2% 673 21,083
Madison 48.1% 58,922 49.5% 60,608 2.4% 2,943 122,473
Marion 39.3% 6,225 58.5% 9,248 2.2 347 15,820
Marshall 41.8% 2,455 56.1% 3,290 2.1% 124 5,869
Mason 45.5% 2,867 51.9% 3,265 2.6% 164 6,296
Massac 32.2% 2,092 65.9% 4,278 1.9% 125 6,495
McDonough 47.9% 5,967 49.4% 6,147 2.7% 340 12,454
McHenry 44.5% 59,797 53.3% 71,598 2.1% 2,842 134,237
McLean 43.4% 31,883 54.4% 39,947 2.2% 1,639 73,469
Menard 34.1% 2,100 64.2% 3,948 1.7% 103 6,151
Mercer 52.6% 4,507 45.2% 3,876 2.2% 185 8,568
Monroe 35.5% 6,215 62.3% 10,888 2.2% 387 17,490
Montgomery 41.5% 5,058 55.6% 6,776 2.9% 354 12,188
Morgan 41.1% 5,806 56.4% 7,972 2.6% 364 14,142
Moultrie 35.3% 2,144 62.3% 3,784 2.4% 147 6,075
Ogle 40.7% 9,514 57.4% 13,422 1.8% 431 23,367
Peoria 51.3% 40,209 46.9% 36,774 1.8% 1,428 78,411
Perry 39.8% 3,819 57.5% 5,507 2.7% 258 9,584
Piatt 35.5% 3,090 62.2% 5,413 2.3% 204 8,707
Pike 31.2% 2,278 66.6% 4,860 2.2% 164 7,302
Pope 29.3% 650 68.0% 1,512 2.7% 60 2,222
Pulaski 46.1% 1,389 51.9% 1,564 2.0% 59 3,012
Putnam 49.6% 1,559 47.8% 1,502 2.6% 82 3,143
Randolph 39.9% 5,759 57.4% 8,290 2.7% 389 14,438
Richland 32.4% 2,362 65.3% 4,756 2.3% 164 7,282
Rock Island 60.0% 39,157 38.2% 24,934 1.7% 1,126 65,217
Saline 34.5% 3,701 63.5% 6,806 2.0% 213 10,720
Sangamon 44.7% 42,107 53.3% 50,225 2.1% 1,965 94,297
Schuyler 44.3% 1,727 53.0% 2,069 2.7% 106 3,902
Scott 35.4% 910 61.8% 1,587 2.8% 71 2,568
Shelby 32.0% 3,342 65.6% 6,843 2.4% 254 10,439
St. Clair 56.2% 67,285 41.8% 50,125 2.0% 2,417 119,827
Stark 41.1% 1,095 57.4% 1,528 1.5% 39 2,662
Stephenson 48.1% 10,165 49.8% 10,512 2.1% 451 21,128
Tazewell 39.9% 24,438 57.7% 35,335 2.5% 1,509 61,282
Union 37.7% 3,137 59.6% 4,957 2.7% 224 8,318
Vermilion 42.4% 12,878 55.6% 16,892 2.1% 630 30,400
Wabash 31.0% 1,590 67.7% 3,478 1.3% 66 5,134
Warren 51.7% 4,044 46.3% 3,618 2.0% 156 7,818
Washington 33.0% 2,450 64.5% 4,792 2.6% 193 7,435
Wayne 19.7% 1,514 77.8% 5,988 2.5% 195 7,697
White 30.9% 2,188 66.8% 4,731 2.3% 163 7,082
Whiteside 57.4% 14,833 40.5% 10,448 2.1% 547 25,828
Will 51.9% 144,229 46.4% 128,969 1.8% 4,964 278,162
Williamson 36.4% 10,647 61.2% 17,909 2.4% 698 29,254
Winnebago 51.7% 61,732 46.2% 55,138 2.1% 2,527 119,397
Woodford 29.4% 5,572 68.4% 12,961 2.1% 405 18,938
Illinois Total 57.61% 3,013,423 40.63% 2,125,405 1.76% 92,024 5,230,852

Primaries[edit]

Democratic[edit]

There was no Democratic Primary election in Illinois as no one in the Democratic party chose to run against the incumbent Democratic President, Barack Obama.

Republican[edit]

Illinois Republican primary, 2012
Illinois
2008 ←
March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)
→ 2016

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 42 12
Popular vote 435,859 326,778
Percentage 46.7% 35.0%

  Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg
Candidate Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican
Home state Texas Georgia
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 87,044 74,482
Percentage 9.3% 8.0%

Illinois Republican Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2012.svg

Results by county. Orange indicates a county won by Romney, dark green by Santorum.

The Illinois Republican 2012 primary took place on March 20, 2012.[4][5]

Illinois Republican primary, 2012[6]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
NYT CNN
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FOX
America Symbol.svg Mitt Romney 435,859 46.69% 42 41 42
Rick Santorum 326,778 35.01% 12 10 12
Ron Paul 87,044 9.32% 0 0 0
Newt Gingrich 74,482 7.98% 0 0 0
Rick Perry (withdrawn) 5,568 0.60% 0 0 0
Buddy Roemer (withdrawn) 3,723 0.40% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 0 3 0
Total: 933,454 100.00% 54 54 54

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