United States presidential election in New York, 2012

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

  Obama portrait crop.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6 cropped.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 29 0
Popular vote 4,485,877 2,490,496
Percentage 63.35% 35.17%

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County Results
  Obama—>90%
  Obama—80-90%
  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

The 2012 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. New York voters chose 29 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, Barack Obama carried the state of New York by a landslide margin, winning 63.35% of the vote to Mitt Romney's 35.17%.[1] As in previous elections, the Democratic ticket racked up large margins in the heavily populated New York City area, as well as in upstate cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and the college town of Ithaca. The Republicans won only in some rural parts of upstate and western New York. New York was one of only six states to swing in President Obama's favor from 2008 to 2012, giving him the largest percentage of the vote for any presidential candidate in the state since 1964 and the second largest Democratic vote share in the state in history.

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
  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Peta Lindsay/Yari Osorio, Party for Socialism and Liberation

Write-In Candidate Access:

  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in New York, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama 4,337,622 61.25%
Working Families Barack Obama 148,119 2.09%
Total Barack Obama Joe Biden 4,485,877 63.35% 29
Republican Mitt Romney 2,228,060 31.46%
Conservative Mitt Romney 262,371 3.71%
Total Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 2,490,496 35.17% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 47,256 0.67% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 39,982 0.56% 0
Write-Ins Write-Ins 9,076 0.13% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 6,274 0.09% 0
Socialism and Liberation Peta Lindsay Yari Osorio 2,050 0.03% 0
Justice (Write-in) Rocky Anderson (Write-in) Luis J. Rodriguez 217 >0.01% 0
Freedom Socialist (Write-in) Stephen Durham Christina López 34 >0.01% 0
America's (Write-in) Tom Hoefling J.D. Ellis 34 >0.01% 0
Socialist Workers (Write-in) James Harris Maura DeLuca 27 >0.01% 0
Socialist Equality (Write-in) Jerry White Phyllis Scherrer 19 >0.01% 0
Twelve Visions (Write-in) Jill Reed Tom Cary 12 >0.01% 0
American Third Position (Write-in) Merlin Miller Virginia Abernethy 6 >0.01% 0
Totals 7,081,536 100.00% 29
Voter Turnout (Registered) 59.2%

Geographic Breakdown[edit]

The politics of New York State are dominated by the heavily populated area of New York City, which Barack Obama won in an historic landslide, taking over 80% of the vote and sweeping all 5 boroughs. Obama took 1,995,241 votes in New York City, to Mitt Romney's 436,889, giving Obama 81.19% of the vote to Romney's 17.78%. No other presidential candidate of either party has ever received more than 80% of the vote in New York City.

Discounting New York City's votes, Obama still would have carried New York State, but by a closer margin. Excluding New York City, Obama's vote total in the state was 2,490,636 to Romney's 2,053,607, giving Obama a 54.03%-44.54% win outside of NYC.

Results by county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Johnson% Johnson# Stein% Stein# Others% Others# Total
Bronx 91.45% 339,211 8.08% 29,967 0.16% 608 0.21% 774 0.10% 378 370,938
New York (Manhattan) 83.75% 502,674 14.92% 89,559 0.52% 3,104 0.64% 3,860 0.17% 1,094 600,291
Kings (Brooklyn) 82.02% 604,443 16.90% 124,551 0.34% 2,500 0.60% 4,411 0.15% 1,077 736,982
Queens 79.08% 470,732 19.92% 118,589 0.40% 2,375 0.41% 2,465 0.18% 1,084 595,245
Tompkins 68.68% 27,244 28.00% 11,107 1.00% 395 2.10% 834 0.23% 90 39,670
Albany 64.49% 87,555 33.19% 45,064 1.00% 1,361 0.91% 1,238 0.40% 548 135,766
Franklin 62.09% 9,894 36.02% 5,740 0.73% 116 0.67% 106 0.49% 78 15,934
Westchester 61.99% 240,785 36.84% 143,122 0.53% 2,042 0.42% 1,627 0.22% 871 388,447
Clinton 61.85% 18,961 36.26% 11,115 0.85% 260 0.63% 193 0.42% 127 30,656
Ulster 60.10% 47,065 37.24% 29,162 0.96% 751 1.19% 935 0.52% 402 78,315
Onondaga 59.72% 122,254 38.51% 78,831 0.83% 1,697 0.77% 1,584 0.17% 351 204,717
Essex 58.53% 9,784 39.76% 6,647 0.80% 134 0.64% 107 0.27% 45 16,717
Monroe 57.97% 193,501 39.95% 133,362 1.07% 3,572 0.63% 2,101 0.38% 1,277 333,813
St. Lawrence 57.41% 21,353 40.70% 15,138 0.74% 276 0.61% 227 0.53% 197 37,191
Erie 57.31% 237,356 40.97% 169,675 0.86% 3,562 0.70% 2,898 0.17% 704 414,195
Schenectady 56.74% 36,844 40.92% 26,568 1.07% 692 0.79% 514 0.48% 315 64,933
Columbia 55.69% 16,221 41.97% 12,225 1.03% 299 0.89% 259 0.43% 125 29,129
Rensselaer 55.02% 37,408 42.82% 29,113 1.11% 754 0.90% 612 0.15% 103 67,990
Cayuga 54.56% 17,007 43.16% 13,454 0.91% 285 0.78% 243 0.58% 180 31,169
Sullivan 53.73% 15,268 44.71% 12,705 0.69% 195 0.66% 188 0.21% 59 28,415
Seneca 53.48% 7,094 44.39% 5,889 0.83% 110 0.76% 101 0.54% 72 13,266
Cortland 53.41% 10,482 44.31% 8,695 0.95% 187 0.82% 161 0.50% 99 19,624
Nassau 53.28% 302,695 45.64% 259,308 0.53% 2,998 0.36% 2,068 0.19% 1,082 568,151
Dutchess 52.80% 65,312 45.29% 56,025 0.89% 1,105 0.63% 785 0.39% 478 123,705
Rockland 52.78% 65,793 46.07% 57,428 0.51% 631 0.38% 476 0.25% 317 124,645
Oswego 52.73% 23,515 44.81% 19,980 1.00% 447 0.85% 379 0.61% 270 44,591
Orange 52.13% 73,315 46.48% 65,367 0.75% 1,049 0.50% 700 0.14% 197 140,628
Broome 51.46% 41,970 46.15% 37,641 1.12% 915 0.89% 723 0.39% 316 81,565
Suffolk 51.17% 304,079 47.48% 282,131 0.66% 3,947 0.43% 2,528 0.27% 1,581 594,266
Richmond (Staten Island) 50.71% 78,181 48.14% 74,223 0.58% 899 0.34% 519 0.23% 358 154,180
Otsego 50.20% 12,117 47.48% 11,461 0.88% 212 0.99% 238 0.46% 111 24,139
Saratoga 50.19% 52,957 47.75% 50,382 1.09% 1,147 0.62% 651 0.35% 373 105,510
Warren 50.06% 14,806 47.73% 14,119 1.05% 312 0.74% 220 0.41% 121 29,578
Washington 49.89% 11,523 48.00% 11,085 0.96% 222 0.77% 177 0.38% 88 23,095
Niagara 49.42% 43,986 48.58% 43,240 0.97% 864 0.63% 560 0.41% 363 89,013
Madison 49.37% 13,871 48.49% 13,622 1.06% 297 0.85% 238 0.23% 66 28,094
Ontario 48.25% 23,087 49.78% 23,820 1.19% 571 0.61% 294 0.17% 81 47,853
Chemung 47.98% 16,797 50.31% 17,612 0.89% 310 0.43% 151 0.40% 140 35,010
Jefferson 47.89% 17,099 50.75% 18,122 0.76% 271 0.42% 151 0.18% 65 35,708
Yates 47.53% 4,488 50.82% 4,798 0.73% 69 0.71% 67 0.21% 20 9,442
Chenango 47.20% 9,116 50.29% 9,713 1.13% 218 0.81% 157 0.57% 110 19,314
Montgomery 46.70% 8,493 51.33% 9,334 0.89% 161 0.51% 93 0.58% 105 18,186
Oneida 46.68% 40,468 51.36% 44,530 0.94% 819 0.58% 502 0.44% 381 86,700
Schuyler 45.10% 3,674 52.55% 4,281 0.98% 80 0.92% 75 0.44% 36 8,146
Chautauqua 45.05% 23,812 52.92% 27,971 0.95% 504 0.61% 324 0.46% 241 52,852
Herkimer 45.02% 11,273 53.04% 13,282 1.03% 259 0.69% 172 0.22% 54 25,040
Lewis 44.90% 4,724 53.71% 5,651 0.77% 81 0.48% 51 0.14% 15 10,522
Delaware 44.55% 8,304 53.32% 9,938 0.91% 170 1.07% 199 0.14% 27 18,638
Wayne 44.30% 16,635 53.43% 20,060 1.13% 424 0.59% 222 0.55% 206 37,547
Putnam 44.00% 19,512 54.31% 24,083 0.90% 397 0.47% 209 0.32% 144 44,345
Livingston 43.72% 11,705 53.97% 14,448 1.19% 318 0.65% 175 0.46% 124 26,770
Greene 43.58% 8,922 54.17% 11,089 1.13% 231 0.68% 140 0.44% 90 20,472
Fulton 43.47% 8,607 54.62% 10,814 0.80% 159 0.56% 111 0.55% 108 19,799
Cattaraugus 42.49% 12,649 55.66% 16,569 0.92% 274 0.68% 201 0.25% 74 29,767
Tioga 41.39% 8,940 56.09% 12,117 1.11% 240 0.80% 172 0.61% 132 21,601
Schoharie 41.09% 5,427 56.54% 7,467 0.98% 129 0.82% 108 0.57% 76 13,207
Steuben 40.97% 15,787 56.98% 21,954 0.97% 373 0.60% 232 0.48% 185 38,531
Orleans 39.35% 5,787 58.44% 8,594 1.12% 165 0.55% 81 0.54% 79 14,706
Genesee 38.80% 9,601 59.03% 14,607 1.47% 363 0.46% 115 0.24% 60 24,746
Allegany 36.21% 6,139 61.29% 10,390 0.99% 168 0.96% 162 0.55% 94 16,953
Hamilton 36.13% 1,128 61.88% 1,932 0.90% 28 0.45% 14 0.64% 20 3,122
Wyoming 34.66% 5,661 63.35% 10,348 0.83% 135 0.59% 96 0.58% 95 16,335
Totals 63.35% 4,485,877 35.17% 2,490,496 0.67% 47,256 0.56% 39,984 0.25% 17,923 7,081,536

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Republican primary[edit]

New York Republican primary, 2012
New York
2008 ←
April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24) → 2016

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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas Georgia
Delegate count 92 0 0
Popular vote 118,912 27,699 23,990
Percentage 62.42% 14.54% 12.59%

New York Republican Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2012.svg

Results by county. Orange indicates a county won by Romney.
New York Republican primary, 2012[2]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
AP CNN
FOX
America Symbol.svg Mitt Romney 118,912 62.42% 92 92
Ron Paul 27,699 14.54% 0 0
Newt Gingrich 23,990 12.59% 1 0
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 18,997 9.97% 0 0
Blank 810 0.43% 0 0
Void 106 0.06% 0 0
Scattering 1 0.00% 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 2 3 95
Total: 190,515 100.00% 95 95 95

The New York Republican 2012 primary took place on April 24, 2012.[3][4]

By county, Romney won a plurality in every county, and a majority in all but six: Niagara, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Orleans, Schuyler, Herkimer and Oswego.

Paul finished second in most counties. Santorum finished second in Otsego County. Gingrich finished second in two geographic areas: a cluster of counties in the Catskills and Hudson Valley (Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester) and in most of the counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming), in addition to Herkimer and Oneida counties.[2] Gingrich's relative strength in Western New York, as well as in Herkimer, can be attributed to the continued popularity and efforts of Carl Paladino, who carried those counties in the previous gubernatorial election and campaigned on Gingrich's behalf. The majority of New York politicians had endorsed Romney while the primary election was still competitive.

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