United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 2012

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United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 2012
Oklahoma
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 7 0
Popular vote 891,325 443,547
Percentage 66.77% 33.23%

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County Results
  Romney—50-60%
  Romney—60-70%
  Romney—70-80%
  Romney—80-90%
  Romney—>90%

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

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

Oklahoma in recent years has become one of the most conservative states in the nation; in both 2008 and 2004, Republicans took over 65% of the vote in Oklahoma and won every county in the state. In 2012, this Republican trend continued as Mitt Romney swept the state of Oklahoma with 66.77% of the vote, while Barack Obama took only 33.23%.

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Oklahoma, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 891,325 66.77% 7
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 443,547 33.23% 0
Totals 1,334,872 100.00% 7

Democratic primary[edit]

President Obama faced four challengers in Oklahoma's Democratic Primary. Challenger Randall Terry took 12 counties with candidate Jim Rogers winning in three counties. Candidates Bob Ely and Darcy Richardson also appeared on Oklahoma's ballot but failed to obtain a majority of votes in any county.[2]

Republican primary[edit]

Oklahoma Republican primary, 2012
Oklahoma
2008 ←
March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)
→ 2012

  Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg
Candidate Rick Santorum Mitt Romney
Party Republican Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Massachusetts
Delegate count 14 13
Popular vote 96,849 80,356
Percentage 33.8% 28%

  Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg
Candidate Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Georgia Texas
Delegate count 13 0
Popular vote 78,730 27,596
Percentage 27.5% 9.6%

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

Results by county. Dark green indicates a county won by Santorum, purple by Gingrich, orange by Romney, and black a tie between Gingrich and Santorum.

The Republican primary took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012.[3][4]

Oklahoma has 43 delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Three super delegates are unbound by the primary results. 15 delegates are allocated by congressional districts, 3 delegates for each district. If a candidate gets a majority in the district, he takes all 3 delegates; if no one gets a majority, the delegates are split either 2-to-1 or 1-1-1 depending on how many candidates get at least 15% of the vote. Another 25 delegates are awarded to the candidate who wins a majority in the state, or allocated proportionately among candidates winning at least 15% of the vote statewide if no one gets majority.[5]

Oklahoma Republican primary, 2012[6]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected national delegates[7]
America Symbol.svg Rick Santorum 96,849 33.8% 14
Mitt Romney 80,356 28.0% 13
Newt Gingrich 78,730 27.5% 13
Ron Paul 27,596 9.6% 0
Rick Perry (withdrawn) 1,291 0.45% 0
Michele Bachmann (withdrawn) 951 0.33% 0
Jon Huntsman (withdrawn) 750 0.26% 0
Unprojected delegates 3
Totals 286,523 100.0% 43
Key: Withdrew
prior to contest

Republican Conventions for Oklahoma's Congressional Districts[edit]

Fifteen delegates to the 2012 Republican national convention were elected at congressional-district conventions March 31 to April 14, 2012 — three from each of Oklahoma's five congressional districts.[8][9]

Oklahoma Republican Convention[edit]

The Oklahoma Republican State Convention was held May 11–12, 2012 in Norman. Irregularities were reported.[8][10]

At least two Ron Paul supporters said they were physically attacked by Romney supporters.[11][12]

Oklahoma's (Republican) Governor Mary Fallin tried to speak at the convention. After loud chants of "Ron Paul" from the floor, she stated (referring to Romney) "We have a presidential nominee", resulting in loud booing.[12]

Paul supporters said that the convention was stopped with unfinished business, without a two-thirds vote, and therefore against parliamentary procedure.[13] It was reported that, after the convention was said to be adjourned, a partition in the room was moved, isolating many attendees from the rest of the body. The lights were turned out momentarily.[10]

After the convention was stopped and the chairman left, many Paul supporters assembled outside and held a rump convention, chaired by Jake Peters, at which they elected a slate of Paul supporters as delegates to the national convention.[12][14]

Four Paul supporters, including Jake Peters, made a formal complaint to the Oklahoma Republican Party, saying that Party rules were broken by failing to take a roll-call vote on the delegate slate and that the convention was adjourned without the required vote. The complaint asserted that state law is involved in the Republican Party's nominating process and cited case law to the effect that party process should be considered "an integral part of the State's election system".[13][15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  2. ^ Oklahoma Democratic primary, 2012
  3. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ State of Oklahoma Unofficial Results, Retrieved March 23, 2012
  7. ^ The Green Papers, Retrieved April 27
  8. ^ a b "Oklahoma Republican Presidential Nominating Process". Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ McNutt, Michael (May 13, 2012). "Oklahoma Republicans elect delegates to national convention". newsok.com. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Rachel Maddow Discusses Ron Paul & GOP Conventions Chaos". May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "2 Romney Supporters ASSAULT 2 Ron Paul Supporters in OK". www.youtube.com R11110000. May 13, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Violent OK GOP State Convention". newsODP/www.youtube.com. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Ron Paul Supporters Submit Challenge to Oklahoma GOP State Convention". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ron Paul Supporters Stage Rump Convention in OK – May 12, 2012". Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rules of the Oklahoma Republican Party, Amended August 27, 2011". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business". Oklahoma Republican State Convention. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 

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