United States presidential election in Ohio, 2012

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United States presidential election in Ohio, 2012
Ohio
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 18 0
Popular vote 2,827,621 2,661,407
Percentage 50.67% 47.69%

Ohio presidential election results 2012.svg

County Results
  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 Ohio took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Ohio voters chose 18 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.

According to Secretary of State Jon Husted's website, President Obama won the popular vote in Ohio with 50.67% of the vote over Mitt Romney in second place at 47.69%, a Democratic victory margin of 2.98%.[1]

General election[edit]

Throughout the general election campaign Ohio was considered a key battleground state and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigned extensively in the state.[2] Some experts believe that the popularity of the auto industry bailout put in place under President Obama helped him take the state.[2][3] As of February 2013, there are nineteen cases of voter fraud being investigated in Hamilton County;[4] in March 2013, three individuals were charged with voter fraud, with one individual alleged to have voted six times.[5] However, minus these questionable votes, assuming they went to Obama, the outcome of the Ohio race is not affected as President Obama still wins Ohio by over 166,000 votes.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Ohio, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 2,827,621 50.67% 18
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 2,661,407 47.69% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 49,493 0.89% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 18,574 0.33% 0
Independent Richard Duncan Ricky Johnson 12,502 0.22% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 8,151 0.15% 0
Socialist Stewart Alexander Alex Mendoza 2,967 0.05% 0
Others 107 0.00% 0
Totals 5,580,822 100.00% 18
Voter turnout (registered voters) 67.18%

By county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Adams 35.76% 3,857 62.03% 6,691 2.22% 239 10,787
Allen 36.31% 16,869 62.00% 28,802 1.69% 787 46,458
Ashland 33.93% 8,083 63.90% 15,225 2.17% 518 23,826
Ashtabula 54.96% 22,964 42.82% 17,890 2.22% 927 41,781
Athens 66.13% 17,268 31.09% 8,118 2.78% 726 26,112
Auglaize 24.71% 5,643 73.57% 16,802 1.72% 393 22,838
Belmont 44.78% 13,826 53.17% 16,418 2.05% 632 30,876
Brown 36.52% 6,923 61.57% 11,671 1.90% 361 18,955
Butler 36.14% 59,282 62.33% 102,226 1.53% 2,512 164,020
Carroll 41.62% 5,396 55.36% 7,177 3.02% 392 12,965
Champaign 39.10% 7,826 59.21% 11,852 1.69% 338 20,016
Clark 48.32% 30,022 50.08% 31,116 1.61% 998 62,136
Clermont 31.41% 29,334 66.95% 62,527 1.64% 1,531 93,392
Clinton 31.36% 5,534 66.52% 11,740 2.12% 374 17,648
Columbiana 42.93% 19,351 54.97% 24,778 2.11% 949 45,078
Coshocton 43.98% 6,841 53.44% 8,312 2.58% 402 15,555
Crawford 37.55% 7,207 60.24% 11,561 2.21% 424 19,192
Cuyahoga 68.84% 420,953 30.17% 184,475 0.99% 6,084 611,512
Darke 26.65% 6,610 71.53% 17,745 1.82% 452 24,807
Defiance 41.92% 7,438 55.99% 9,935 2.09% 371 17,744
Delaware 37.50% 36,117 61.23% 58,966 1.27% 1,219 96,302
Erie 54.80% 20,969 43.53% 16,655 1.67% 638 38,262
Fairfield 41.14% 28,831 57.27% 40,134 1.59% 1,114 70,079
Fayette 38.17% 4,075 60.47% 6,456 1.37% 146 10,677
Franklin 60.11% 325,654 38.38% 207,941 1.51% 8,156 541,751
Fulton 42.35% 8,790 55.50% 11,521 2.15% 446 20,757
Gallia 35.99% 4,427 61.75% 7,596 2.27% 279 12,302
Geauga 38.49% 19,295 60.06% 30,104 1.45% 726 50,125
Greene 38.27% 31,028 60.05% 48,683 1.68% 1,364 81,075
Guernsey 44.05% 7,226 53.72% 8,811 2.23% 366 16,403
Hamilton 52.50% 219,927 46.15% 193,326 1.35% 4,512 421,998
Hancock 34.89% 12,192 63.19% 22,077 1.92% 671 34,940
Hardin 36.94% 4,487 60.40% 7,337 2.66% 323 12,147
Harrison 41.36% 2,895 56.24% 3,936 2.40% 168 6,999
Henry 39.56% 5,513 58.20% 8,111 2.25% 313 13,937
Highland 33.63% 5,772 64.29% 11,032 2.08% 357 17,161
Hocking 48.30% 6,010 49.43% 6,150 2.27% 282 12,442
Holmes 22.62% 2,568 75.41% 8,563 1.97% 224 11,355
Huron 44.33% 10,673 53.25% 12,821 2.42% 583 24,077
Jackson 38.44% 4,965 59.24% 7,651 2.32% 300 12,916
Jefferson 46.28% 14,960 51.75% 16,729 1.97% 638 32,327
Knox 36.77% 10,154 61.09% 16,873 2.14% 591 27,618
Lake 48.33% 55,219 50.02% 57,150 1.66% 1,895 114,264
Lawrence 41.40% 10,454 56.91% 14,371 1.69% 427 25,252
Licking 41.67% 32,264 56.32% 43,604 2.01% 1,555 77,423
Logan 33.06% 6,789 64.88% 13,323 2.06% 423 20,535
Lorain 56.39% 78,115 41.94% 58,095 1.66% 2,306 138,516
Lucas 64.34% 129,229 33.91% 68,100 1.75% 3,521 200,850
Madison 38.86% 6,700 59.25% 10,215 1.89% 325 17,240
Mahoning 63.20% 74,346 35.46% 41,712 1.34% 1,571 117,629
Marion 45.14% 11,933 52.73% 13,938 2.13% 562 26,433
Medina 42.59% 37,841 55.67% 49,464 1.74% 1,544 88,849
Meigs 39.19% 3,911 57.94% 5,782 2.87% 286 9,979
Mercer 21.78% 4,609 76.59% 16,207 1.63% 345 21,161
Miami 31.29% 15,731 66.92% 33,650 1.79% 900 50,281
Monroe 44.59% 3,007 52.50% 3,540 2.91% 196 6,743
Montgomery 50.73% 128,983 47.66% 121,188 1.61% 4,095 254,266
Morgan 45.88% 2,772 51.90% 3,136 2.22% 134 6,042
Morrow 36.55% 5,780 61.10% 9,662 2.35% 371 15,813
Muskingum 45.41% 16,327 52.36% 18,826 2.23% 801 35,954
Noble 36.18% 2,082 60.78% 3,498 3.04% 175 5,755
Ottawa 51.12% 11,214 47.06% 10,323 1.82% 399 21,936
Paulding 38.54% 3,435 58.89% 5,248 2.57% 229 8,912
Perry 46.73% 6,857 51.10% 7,498 2.17% 318 14,673
Pickaway 39.82% 9,335 58.50% 13,713 1.68% 395 23,443
Pike 48.87% 5,490 49.27% 5,535 1.85% 208 11,233
Portage 51.44% 38,082 46.56% 34,465 2.00% 1,482 74,029
Preble 30.61% 6,005 67.29% 13,202 2.10% 412 19,619
Putnam 23.38% 4,238 74.83% 13,563 1.79% 325 18,126
Richland 38.93% 21,785 59.08% 33,057 1.99% 1,112 55,954
Ross 47.98% 13,895 50.35% 14,582 1.67% 484 28,961
Sandusky 49.78% 14,035 47.85% 13,491 2.36% 666 28,192
Scioto 48.07% 14,432 50.04% 15,023 1.89% 568 30,023
Seneca 44.50% 10,962 52.88% 13,025 2.62% 646 24,633
Shelby 26.22% 6,065 72.20% 16,700 1.57% 364 23,129
Stark 49.28% 89,423 48.81% 88,581 1.90% 3,348 176,620
Summit 56.73% 147,146 41.91% 108,700 1.37% 3,543 259,389
Trumbull 60.23% 59,446 38.04% 37,545 1.73% 1,712 98,703
Tuscarawas 43.95% 17,516 53.74% 21,420 2.31% 919 39,855
Union 34.26% 8,546 63.92% 15,947 1.82% 454 24,947
Van Wert 31.63% 1,762 66.83% 3,723 1.54% 86 5,571
Vinton 44.51% 2,382 52.28% 2,798 3.21% 172 5,352
Warren 29.54% 31,907 69.09% 74,626 1.37% 1,475 108,008
Washington 36.67% 7,049 61.34% 11,792 2.00% 384 19,225
Wayne 38.36% 18,932 59.67% 29,450 1.97% 974 49,356
Williams 40.76% 7,045 57.06% 9,863 2.19% 378 17,286
Wood 50.99% 31,596 46.79% 28,997 2.22% 1,374 61,967
Wyandot 38.64% 3,962 59.04% 6,054 2.32% 238 10,254

Democratic primary[edit]

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The Democratic primary was held on March 6, 2012, the same day as the Republican primary. Incumbent President Barack Obama ran unopposed, and thus won all 151 of the state's delegates.

Republican primary[edit]

Ohio Republican primary, 2012
Ohio
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March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06) → 2016

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 38 25
Popular vote 456,513 446,255
Percentage 37.9% 37.1%

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Candidate Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Georgia Texas
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 175,556 111,238
Percentage 14.6% 9.2%

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

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

The 2012 Ohio Republican primary took place on March 6, 2012.[6]

Ohio has 66 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Three party officials (also known as "superdelegates") are not bound by the primary result. Forty-eight delegates are generally awarded winner-take-all by Congressional district. Another 15 delegates are awarded to the candidate who gets an outright majority statewide, or are allocated proportionately among candidates winning at least 20% of the vote if no candidate wins a majority.[7]

Ohio Republican primary, 2012[8]
Candidate Votes Percentage Estimated national delegates
Mitt Romney 460,831 37.9% 38
Rick Santorum 448,580 37.1% 25
Newt Gingrich 177,183 14.6% 0
Ron Paul 113,256 9.3% 0
Rick Perry 7,539 0.6% 0
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 6,490 0.5% 0
Unprojected delegates 7
Totals 1,213,879 100.0% 66
Key: Withdrew
prior to contest

Notes:

1. In the six congressional districts where Rick Santorum submitted only a partial slate of district delegates and district alternates by the late December 2011 deadline, he will be automatically awarded only the number of delegates he submitted, assuming he wins the particular district. The Ohio Republican Party said on March 2, 2012, that the remaining delegates in such districts will be "considered unbound" until a panel composed of three members of the Ohio GOP’s central committee decides which campaign (if any) is permitted to appoint such delegates.[9]

2. In three congressional districts (OH-6, OH-9 and OH-13), Rick Santorum did not make the district-specific portion of the ballot.

3. In every district, each of the six candidates listed above appears on the "at-large" portion of the ballot. The results of the at-large ballot will determine the allocation of fifteen national convention delegates.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ohio Decides 2012 – Candidates for President". Ohio Secretary of State. 
  2. ^ a b "Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama's Re-election". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "How Obama Took The Battleground States". NPR. 
  4. ^ Emily Maxwell (6 February 2013). "Poll worker accused of voter fraud in Hamilton County speaks out". WCPO. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
    "Possible Ohio voter fraud investigation heats up". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Eric Shawn (11 March 2013). "Cincinnati poll worker charged with voting half dozen times in November". Fox News. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
    "Nun, Poll Worker, Widower Charged With Voter Fraud". WKRC (Sinclair Broadcast Group). 11 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ Secretary of State results
  9. ^ "Ohio delegates". ABC News. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 

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