United States presidential election in Nebraska, 2012

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

  Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6 cropped.jpg Obama portrait crop.jpg
Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 5 0
Popular vote 475,064 302,081
Percentage 59.80% 38.03%

Nebraska presidential election results 2012.svg

County Results
  Obama—50-60%
  Romney—<50%
  Romney—50-60%
  Romney—60-70%
  Romney—70-80%
  Romney—80-90%

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Nebraska took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Nebraska voters chose five 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.

On election day, Mitt Romney carried the state of Nebraska, taking 59.80% of the vote to Barack Obama's 38.03%, a margin of 21.77%. Nebraska is one of two states (along with Maine) which splits its electoral votes based on the winner in each congressional district. In 2012, Romney won all 3 congressional districts, thus winning all 5 of the state's electoral votes. This was a change from 2008, when the state as a whole had voted for Republican John McCain but Democrat Barack Obama still won an electoral vote from the state. Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, home to Omaha, had split with the rest of the state and awarded one of Nebraska's electoral votes to a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time since 1964. Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, Indiana, and North Carolina were the only sources of electoral votes to change hands from Obama to the Republicans between 2008 and 2012.

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Nebraska, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 475,064 59.80% 5
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 302,081 38.03% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 11,109 1.40% 0
Write-Ins 3,717 0.47% 0
Independent Randall Terry Missy Smith 2,408 0.30% 0
Totals 794,379 100.00% 5

Results By Congressional District[edit]

Romney won all three of Nebraska's congressional districts.[1]

District Romney % Romney # Obama % Obama # Johnson % Johnson # Terry % Terry # Representative
1st 57.43% 152,021 40.83% 108,082 1.45% 3,847 0.28% 762 Jeff Fortenberry
2nd 52.85% 140,976 45.70% 121,889 1.27% 3,393 0.18% 469 Lee Terry
3rd 70.23% 182,067 27.82% 72,110 1.44% 3,869 0.45% 1,177 Adrian Smith

By county[edit]

County Romney Votes Obama Votes Others Votes Total
Adams 65.98% 8,316 32.23% 4,062 1.79% 226 12,604
Antelope 80.55% 2,585 17.79% 571 1.65% 53 3,209
Arthur 86.97% 227 11.49% 30 1.53% 4 261
Banner 84.56% 345 13.48% 55 1.96% 8 408
Blaine 89.04% 268 9.63% 29 1.33% 4 301
Boone 76.31% 2,136 21.97% 615 1.71% 48 2,799
Box Butte 61.29% 2,869 36.15% 1,692 2.56% 120 4,681
Boyd 81.51% 873 17.55% 188 0.93% 10 1,071
Brown 84.01% 1,298 14.43% 223 1.55% 24 1,545
Buffalo 69.76% 13,570 27.58% 5,365 2.66% 518 19,453
Burt 60.31% 2,016 38.29% 1,280 1.41% 47 3,343
Butler 71.48% 2,729 26.93% 1,028 1.60% 61 3,818
Cass 62.36% 7,453 35.96% 4,298 1.68% 201 11,952
Cedar 76.00% 3,278 22.21% 958 1.79% 77 4,313
Chase 85.07% 1,584 13.64% 254 1.29% 24 1,862
Cherry 83.78% 2,557 14.29% 436 1.93% 59 3,052
Cheyenne 74.67% 3,134 23.42% 983 1.91% 80 4,197
Clay 75.89% 2,213 22.70% 662 1.41% 41 2,916
Colfax 66.96% 2,051 31.64% 969 1.40% 43 3,063
Cuming 72.76% 2,858 25.84% 1,015 1.40% 55 3,928
Custer 78.52% 4,251 19.69% 1,066 1.79% 97 5,414
Dakota 51.00% 3,048 47.36% 2,831 1.64% 98 5,977
Dawes 67.01% 2,435 30.32% 1,102 2.67% 97 3,634
Dawson 69.93% 5,369 28.08% 2,156 1.99% 153 7,678
Deuel 75.40% 763 21.25% 215 3.36% 34 1,012
Dixon 65.45% 1,745 32.63% 870 1.91% 51 2,666
Dodge 60.55% 8,937 37.86% 5,588 1.59% 234 14,759
Douglas 51.44% 109,579 47.17% 100,475 1.39% 2,957 213,011
Dundy 80.65% 792 17.92% 176 1.43% 14 982
Fillmore 70.05% 1,972 28.21% 794 1.74% 49 2,815
Franklin 72.69% 1,110 24.95% 381 2.36% 36 1,527
Frontier 77.49% 1,005 20.89% 271 1.62% 21 1,297
Furnas 79.77% 1,767 19.05% 422 1.17% 26 2,215
Gage 57.27% 5,470 40.52% 3,870 2.22% 212 9,552
Garden 76.19% 829 22.24% 242 1.56% 17 1,088
Garfield 82.07% 769 15.90% 149 2.03% 19 937
Gosper 75.13% 734 23.54% 230 1.33% 13 977
Grant 88.71% 322 8.26% 30 3.03% 11 363
Greeley 69.43% 820 28.79% 340 1.78% 21 1,181
Hall 62.94% 12,412 35.35% 6,971 1.71% 338 19,721
Hamilton 74.25% 3,582 23.55% 1,136 2.20% 106 4,824
Harlan 78.79% 1,248 19.63% 311 1.58% 25 1,584
Hayes 88.41% 473 9.35% 50 2.24% 12 535
Hitchcock 79.02% 1,175 18.29% 272 2.69% 40 1,487
Holt 79.79% 3,789 18.15% 862 2.06% 98 4,749
Hooker 83.76% 330 14.97% 59 1.27% 5 394
Howard 66.18% 1,890 32.00% 914 1.82% 52 2,856
Jefferson 63.11% 2,156 34.69% 1,185 2.20% 75 3,416
Johnson 59.46% 1,223 38.41% 790 2.14% 44 2,057
Kearney 74.18% 2,341 24.11% 761 1.71% 54 3,156
Keith 75.29% 3,044 22.95% 928 1.76% 71 4,043
Keya Paha 81.50% 392 16.63% 80 1.87% 9 481
Kimball 73.39% 1,222 23.48% 391 3.12% 52 1,665
Knox 71.68% 2,878 26.28% 1,055 2.04% 82 4,015
Lancaster 49.63% 61,480 48.69% 60,315 1.67% 2,073 123,868
Lincoln 69.08% 10,545 28.49% 4,350 2.43% 371 15,266
Logan 82.60% 356 15.78% 68 1.62% 7 431
Loup 81.46% 290 17.42% 62 1.12% 4 356
Madison 73.08% 9,874 24.93% 3,368 2.00% 270 13,512
McPherson 81.72% 237 14.14% 41 4.14% 12 290
Merrick 71.65% 2,490 26.62% 925 1.73% 60 3,475
Morrill 77.11% 1,681 20.87% 455 2.02% 44 2,180
Nance 68.45% 1,098 29.74% 477 1.81% 29 1,604
Nemaha 63.31% 1,979 34.84% 1,089 1.86% 58 3,126
Nuckolls 72.03% 1,563 26.13% 567 1.84% 40 2,170
Otoe 61.20% 4,226 36.81% 2,542 1.98% 137 6,905
Pawnee 67.44% 897 29.77% 396 2.78% 37 1,330
Perkins 81.42% 1,135 17.07% 238 1.51% 21 1,394
Phelps 77.91% 3,372 20.22% 875 1.87% 81 4,328
Pierce 79.29% 2,707 18.66% 637 2.05% 70 3,414
Platte 75.20% 9,963 23.36% 3,095 1.44% 191 13,249
Polk 77.11% 1,886 21.55% 527 1.35% 33 2,446
Red Willow 79.19% 3,855 19.31% 940 1.50% 73 4,868
Richardson 65.41% 2,407 32.07% 1,180 2.53% 93 3,680
Rock 85.39% 672 13.09% 103 1.52% 12 787
Saline 52.11% 2,518 46.19% 2,232 1.70% 82 4,832
Sarpy 60.93% 40,318 37.34% 24,709 1.72% 1,139 66,166
Saunders 65.91% 6,725 32.14% 3,279 1.95% 199 10,203
Scotts Bluff 67.98% 9,427 30.24% 4,193 1.78% 247 13,867
Seward 66.46% 5,003 31.70% 2,386 1.85% 139 7,528
Sheridan 82.09% 2,021 15.84% 390 2.07% 51 2,462
Sherman 60.94% 919 36.41% 549 2.65% 40 1,508
Sioux 84.76% 623 13.74% 101 1.50% 11 735
Stanton 74.15% 1,945 23.14% 607 2.71% 71 2,623
Thayer 70.54% 1,853 27.56% 724 1.90% 50 2,627
Thomas 88.24% 360 10.29% 42 1.47% 6 408
Thurston 41.29% 823 57.85% 1,153 0.85% 17 1,993
Valley 75.78% 1,643 22.79% 494 1.43% 31 2,168
Washington 67.75% 6,857 30.66% 3,103 1.59% 161 10,121
Wayne 68.13% 2,493 29.35% 1,074 2.51% 92 3,659
Webster 72.54% 1,255 25.43% 440 2.02% 35 1,730
Wheeler 77.35% 345 20.85% 93 1.79% 8 446
York 77.08% 4,815 21.64% 1,352 1.28% 80 6,247

Democratic primary[edit]

The Democratic primary was not held as Barack Obama ran unopposed and had secured enough delegates for nomination.[2]

Republican primary[edit]

Nebraska Republican primary, 2012
Nebraska
2008 ←
May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15) → 2016

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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 30 2
Popular vote 131,436 18,508
Percentage 70.89% 9.98%

The Republican primary was on May 15, 2012.[3] This primary was purely of an advisory nature. From June 1 to June 10 caucuses county conventions caucused to elect delegates to the state convention. These delegates were not bound to vote for any candidate, but at the state convention on July 14, elected 32 bound National delegates. 3 party leaders attended the National Convention unbound, making a total of 35 voting delegates going to the national convention from Nebraska.

Nebraska Republican primary, 2012
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 131,436 70.89% 30
Rick Santorum 25,830 13.93% 0
Ron Paul 18,508 9.98% 2
Newt Gingrich 9,628 5.19% 0
Unpledged delegates: 3
Total: 185,402 100.0% 35
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

Convention[edit]

The State Convention was held in Grand Island on July 14, 2012.

Convention Results[4][5]
Candidate 1st 2nd 3rd State Party
leaders
Total
America Symbol.svgMitt Romney 3 1 3 23 2 32
Ron Paul 0 2 0 0 0 2
Unknown 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 9 23 3 35

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