Alabama Republican primary, 2012

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Alabama Republican primary, 2012
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  Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg
Candidate Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Georgia
Delegate count 17 12
Popular vote 215,105 182,276
Percentage 34.55% 29.28%

  Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Ron Paul, official Congressional photo portrait, 2007.jpg
Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 10 0
Popular vote 180,321 30,937
Percentage 28.97% 4.97%

Alabama 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. Black indicates a county tied between Santorum and Gingrich.

The 2012 Alabama Republican primary took place on 13 March 2012, on the same day as the Mississippi Republican primary and the Hawaii Republican caucuses.[1][2] Rick Santorum was declared the winner.


The Alabama and Mississippi primaries were seen as a last possible point for the Newt Gingrich campaign to stay afloat in a primary season where he had only won two states up to that point; South Carolina in January and Georgia during Super Tuesday.[3] Alabama and Mississippi were the keystones of his "Southern Strategy".[4][5] Gingrich ignored other upcoming primaries to focus on campaigning in the two neighboring Gulf states.[6]


Alabama Republican primary, 2012[7]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
America Symbol.svg Rick Santorum 215,105 34.55% 22 18 -
Newt Gingrich 182,276 29.28% 14 9 -
Mitt Romney 180,321 28.97% 11 9 -
Ron Paul 30,937 4.97% 0 0 -
Rick Perry (withdrawn) 1,867 0.30% 0 0 -
Michele Bachmann (withdrawn) 1,700 0.27% 0 0 -
Jon Huntsman (withdrawn) 1,049 0.17% 0 0 -
Uncommitted 9,259 1.49% 0 0 -
Unprojected delegates 3 14 50
Total: 622,514 100.00% 50 50 50

Santorum won most of the counties and thus five out of seven congressional districts, especially in the northern parts including Huntsville. Gingrich did the best in the southeast, winning its 2nd congressional district. Romney won in big cities such as Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile. He was able to only win the Mobile metropolitan based 1st congressional district.[1]

The results in Alabama, alongside those of Mississippi, effectively ended any remaining momentum for Gingrich's struggling campaign. Despite the second-place finishes in "must win" states, Newt chose to stay in the race in hopes of facilitating a brokered convention.[10]

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