United States presidential election in North Dakota, 2012

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United States presidential election in North Dakota, 2012
North Dakota
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 3 0
Popular vote 188,320 124,966
Percentage 58.32% 38.70%

North dakota presidential election results 2012.svg

County Results
  Obama—70-80%
  Obama—50-60%
  Obama—<50%
  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 North Dakota took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. North Dakota voters chose three 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.

Mitt Romney handily won the state with 58.32% of the vote to Barack Obama's 38.70%, a 19.62% margin of victory.

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in North Dakota, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 188,320 58.32% 3
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 124,966 38.70% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 5,238 1.62% 0
Other 1,860 0.58% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 1,362 0.42% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 1,186 0.37% 0
Totals 322,932 100.00% 3

By county[edit]

County Romney Votes Obama Votes Others Votes Total
Adams 71.34% 916 25.55% 328 3.12% 40 1,284
Barnes 53.64% 2,953 43.40% 2,389 2.96% 163 5,505
Benson 40.27% 867 57.22% 1,232 2.51% 54 2,153
Billings 81.66% 472 15.40% 89 2.94% 17 578
Bottineau 64.17% 2,246 33.23% 1,163 2.60% 91 3,500
Bowman 73.73% 1,277 23.79% 412 2.48% 43 1,732
Burke 75.17% 769 22.48% 230 2.35% 24 1,023
Burleigh 64.45% 27,811 32.53% 14,036 3.02% 1,301 43,148
Cass 49.92% 36,792 46.99% 34,632 3.09% 2,280 73,704
Cavalier 57.76% 1,195 39.54% 818 2.71% 56 2,069
Dickey 63.48% 1,601 33.66% 849 2.85% 72 2,522
Divide 63.08% 733 33.13% 385 3.79% 44 1,162
Dunn 74.04% 1,506 24.98% 508 0.98% 20 2,034
Eddy 54.77% 631 42.01% 484 3.21% 37 1,152
Emmons 76.10% 1,430 20.38% 383 3.51% 66 1,879
Foster 61.30% 1,028 36.02% 604 2.68% 45 1,677
Golden 79.96% 742 17.46% 162 2.59% 24 928
Grand Forks 50.17% 15,044 46.71% 14,008 3.12% 937 29,989
Grant 72.54% 1,025 23.64% 334 3.82% 54 1,413
Griggs 57.42% 770 39.90% 535 2.68% 36 1,341
Hettinger 73.42% 1,000 22.98% 313 3.60% 49 1,362
Kidder 65.51% 870 29.59% 393 4.89% 65 1,328
LaMoure 62.80% 1,374 33.68% 737 3.52% 77 2,188
Logan 76.24% 799 21.09% 221 2.67% 28 1,048
McHenry 61.97% 1,651 34.68% 924 3.34% 89 2,664
McIntosh 67.63% 1,028 30.00% 456 2.37% 36 1,520
McKenzie 71.18% 2,450 26.90% 926 1.92% 66 3,442
McLean 63.70% 3,130 33.78% 1,660 2.52% 124 4,914
Mercer 70.72% 3,132 26.21% 1,161 3.07% 136 4,429
Morton 63.74% 8,669 32.85% 4,467 3.41% 464 13,600
Mountrail 56.76% 1,960 40.57% 1,401 2.66% 92 3,453
Nelson 51.49% 862 45.76% 766 2.75% 46 1,674
Oliver 68.41% 693 27.74% 281 3.85% 39 1,013
Pembina 58.43% 1,893 38.43% 1,245 3.15% 102 3,240
Pierce 67.34% 1,462 30.22% 656 2.44% 53 2,171
Ramsey 53.28% 2,659 43.32% 2,162 3.41% 170 4,991
Ransom 41.62% 1,008 55.37% 1,341 3.01% 73 2,422
Renville 66.56% 850 31.17% 398 2.27% 29 1,277
Richland 55.55% 4,229 42.01% 3,198 2.44% 186 7,613
Rolette 23.99% 1,092 73.66% 3,353 2.35% 107 4,552
Sargent 43.80% 879 53.56% 1,075 2.64% 53 2,007
Sheridan 78.10% 642 19.83% 163 2.07% 17 822
Sioux 19.53% 223 78.81% 900 1.66% 19 1,142
Slope 78.03% 341 18.99% 83 2.97% 13 437
Stark 73.25% 8,521 24.17% 2,812 2.58% 300 11,633
Steele 47.83% 495 49.76% 515 2.42% 25 1,035
Stutsman 59.48% 5,685 37.51% 3,585 3.01% 288 9,558
Towner 52.71% 623 43.65% 516 3.64% 43 1,182
Traill 50.85% 1,963 46.22% 1,784 2.93% 113 3,860
Walsh 55.23% 2,809 41.64% 2,118 3.13% 159 5,086
Ward 63.74% 16,176 33.14% 8,412 3.12% 792 25,380
Wells 69.53% 1,654 28.29% 673 2.19% 52 2,379
Williams 73.25% 7,087 23.65% 2,288 3.10% 300 9,675

Caucuses[edit]

United States presidential election in North Dakota, 2012
North Dakota
2008 ←
March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)
→ 2016

  Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg
Candidate Rick Santorum Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Texas
Delegate count 6 2
Popular vote 4,510 3,186
Percentage 39.7% 28.1%

  Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg
Candidate Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Georgia
Delegate count 20 0
Popular vote 2,691 962
Percentage 23.7% 8.5%

The 2012 North Dakota Republican caucuses were held on March 6, 2012.[2] North Dakota has 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention;[3] despite Rick Santorum's nominal win in the preference poll conducted during the caucuses, the majority of the delegates elected by the state party convention later in March said they supported Romney.[4]

North Dakota Republican caucuses, 2012[5]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates [2]
Rick Santorum 4,510 39.7% 6
Ron Paul 3,186 28.1% 2
Mitt Romney 2,691 23.7% 20
Newt Gingrich 962 8.5% --
Unprojected delegates 0
Totals 11,349 100.0% 28

Convention controversy[edit]

North Dakota Republican Party had its state convention from Friday March 30 to Sunday April 1 where twenty-five unbound National Convention delegates were elected. Rick Santorum had won the strawpoll at the Legislative Districts caucuses on Super Tuesday with a large margin to Ron Paul in second place and Mitt Romney in third place. The party leaderships recommended slate of delegates was to reflect this strawpoll result. According to Santorum and Paul supporters the slate did not live up to this requirement, but gave Romney a large majority of the delegates. Former NDGOP Chairman Gary Emineth called the vote undemocratic and a railroad job on the Say Anything Blog.[6]

Electors[edit]

North Dakota has 3 Electoral votes in the Electoral College. The following names pledged to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Layton Freborg, State Senator

Mary Lee

David Nething, State Senator

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Barack
Obama (D)
Mitt
Romney (R)
Other Undecided
Mason-Dixon October 26–28 625 ± 4.0% 40% 54% 3% 3%
Forum/Essman October 12–15 500 ± 4.3% 32% 57% - 11%
Rasmussen Reports October 17–18 600 ± 4.0% 40% 54% 2% 4%
Mason-Dixon October 3–5 625 ± 4.0% 40% 54% 1% 5%
Rasmussen Reports July 10–11, 2012 400 ± - 5% 36% 51% 6% 7%
Mason-Dixon June 4–12 625 ± 4.0% 39% 52%

Likely primary voters

Predictions[edit]

Real Clear Politics: Solid Romney [7]

Huffington Post: Strong Romney[8]

CNN: Safe Romney[9]

New York Times: Strong Republican[10]

Washington Post: Solid Romney[11]

Karl Rove: Romney[12]

Freedom's Light House: Romney[13]

Election Projection: Solid GOP[14]

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