United States presidential election in Colorado, 2012

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United States presidential election in Colorado, 2012

← 2008 November 6, 2012 2016 →
Turnout 71.1% Decrease [1]

  President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 8.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 9 0
Popular vote 1,323,101 1,185,243
Percentage 51.49% 46.13%

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County Results


President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Colorado took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Colorado voters chose 9 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. Obama and Biden carried Colorado with 51.5% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 46.1%, thus winning the state's 9 electoral votes.[2]

As in 2008, the key to Obama's victory was Democratic dominance in the Denver area, sweeping not just the city but also the heavily populated suburban counties around Denver, particularly Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties, as well as winning Larimer County, home to Fort Collins. Obama also took nearly 70% of the vote in Boulder County, home to Boulder, and won Chaffee County, which he had lost to McCain in 2008. Romney's most populated county wins were in El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, and Weld County.

This election solidified Colorado's transformation from a historically Republican-leaning state into a Democratic-leaning swing state. Obama's 2012 victory in the state, on the heels of his 2008 victory, marked the first time that the Democrats had carried Colorado in two consecutive elections since the landslide re-election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1936.

General election[edit]

On the campaign trail, President Obama watches as graduates toss their hats during the United States Air Force Academy commencement ceremony at Falcon Stadium, USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. May 23, 2012.

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
  • Stewart Alexander/Alex Mendoza, Socialist
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice
  • Roseanne Barr/Cindy Shehan, Peace and Freedom
  • James Harris/Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers
  • Tom Hoefling/J.D. Ellis, America's
  • Gloria La Riva/Filberto Ramirez Jr., Socialism and Liberation
  • Merlin Miller/Harry V. Bertram, American Third Position
  • Jill Reed/Tom Cary, Twelve Visions Party
  • Thomas Robert Stevens/Alden Link, Objectivist
  • Shella "Samm" Tittle/Matthew A. Turner, We the People
  • Jerry White/Phyllis Scherrer, Socialist Equality

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Colorado, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 1,323,101 51.49% 9
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 1,185,243 46.13% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 35,545 1.38% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 7,508 0.29% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 6,234 0.24% 0
Peace & Freedom Roseanne Barr Cindy Sheehan 5,059 0.20% 0
Unaffiliated Jill Ann Reed Tom Cary 2,589 0.10% 0
Justice Rocky Anderson Luis J. Rodriguez 1,260 0.05% 0
Others Others 1,028 0.04% 0
America's Party Thomas Hoefling Jonathan D. Ellis 679 0.03% 0
Socialism and Liberation Gloria La Riva Filberto Ramirez Jr. 317 0.01% 0
Socialist Stewart Alexander Alex Mendoza 308 0.01% 0
American Third Position Merlin Miller Harry Bertram 266 0.01% 0
Socialist Workers James Harris Alyson Kennedy 192 0.01% 0
Socialist Equality Jerry White Phyllis Scherrer 189 0.01% 0
Totals 2,569,518 100.00% 9

By county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Adams County 57.30% 100,649 40.40% 70,972 02.30% 4,039 175,660
Alamosa County 57.03% 3,811 40.48% 2,705 02.50% 167 6,683
Arapahoe County 54.03% 153,905 44.09% 125,588 01.88% 5,368 284,861
Archuleta County 39.92% 2,679 57.70% 3,872 02.38% 160 6,711
Baca County 22.38% 467 74.70% 1,559 02.92% 61 2,087
Bent County 42.16% 815 55.61% 1,075 02.22% 43 1,933
Boulder County 69.79% 125,091 27.89% 49,981 02.32% 4,165 179,237
Broomfield 51.88% 16,966 45.90% 15,008 02.22% 726 32,700
Chaffee County 48.77% 5,086 48.62% 5,070 02.61% 272 10,428
Cheyenne County 15.82% 172 81.78% 889 02.39% 26 1,087
Clear Creek County 54.44% 3,119 42.42% 2,430 03.14% 180 5,729
Conejos County 54.11% 2,213 44.87% 1,835 01.03% 42 4,090
Costilla County 73.67% 1,340 24.52% 446 01.81% 33 1,819
Crowley County 35.81% 535 61.85% 924 02.34% 35 1,494
Custer County 32.08% 868 66.08% 1,788 01.85% 50 2,706
Delta County 29.13% 4,622 68.79% 10,915 02.07% 329 15,866
Denver 73.69% 222,018 24.27% 73,111 02.04% 6,158 301,287
Dolores County 26.98% 334 69.39% 859 03.63% 45 1,238
Douglas County 36.40% 61,094 62.20% 104,397 01.40% 2,357 167,848
Eagle County 56.49% 12,792 41.56% 9,411 01.95% 441 22,644
El Paso County 38.64% 111,819 59.08% 170,952 02.28% 6,585 289,356
Elbert County 25.49% 3,603 72.63% 10,266 01.88% 266 14,135
Fremont County 32.98% 6,704 64.81% 13,174 02.21% 449 20,327
Garfield County 46.42% 11,305 51.47% 12,535 02.11% 513 24,353
Gilpin County 56.82% 1,892 40.42% 1,346 02.76% 92 3,330
Grand County 45.14% 3,684 52.11% 4,253 02.74% 224 8,161
Gunnison County 58.35% 5,044 38.65% 3,341 03.00% 259 8,644
Hinsdale County 38.42% 229 59.23% 353 02.35% 14 596
Huerfano County 52.78% 1,953 44.49% 1,646 02.73% 101 3,700
Jackson County 25.62% 216 71.17% 600 03.20% 27 843
Jefferson County 51.31% 159,296 46.45% 144,197 02.23% 6,937 310,430
Kiowa County 14.43% 118 82.76% 677 02.81% 23 818
Kit Carson County 22.72% 838 75.49% 2,785 01.79% 66 3,689
La Plata County 53.18% 15,489 43.92% 12,794 02.90% 845 29,128
Lake County 60.81% 1,839 36.31% 1,098 02.88% 87 3,024
Larimer County 51.61% 92,747 45.84% 82,376 02.55% 4,584 179,707
Las Animas County 50.32% 3,445 47.66% 3,263 02.02% 138 6,846
Lincoln County 24.23% 552 74.06% 1,687 01.71% 39 2,278
Logan County 29.87% 2,712 68.06% 6,179 02.07% 188 9,079
Mesa County 32.78% 23,846 65.25% 47,472 01.97% 1,432 72,750
Mineral County 44.84% 291 53.00% 344 02.16% 14 649
Moffat County 21.65% 1,330 76.43% 4,695 01.92% 118 6,143
Montezuma County 36.97% 4,542 60.24% 7,401 02.78% 342 12,285
Montrose County 30.61% 6,138 67.58% 13,552 01.82% 364 20,054
Morgan County 36.47% 3,912 61.55% 6,602 01.98% 212 10,726
Otero County 44.73% 3,647 53.74% 4,382 01.53% 125 8,154
Ouray County 51.58% 1,646 46.41% 1,481 02.01% 64 3,191
Park County 41.46% 3,862 56.20% 5,236 02.34% 218 9,316
Phillips County 26.01% 588 72.40% 1,637 01.59% 36 2,261
Pitkin County 68.03% 6,849 30.04% 3,024 01.94% 195 10,068
Prowers County 31.32% 1,519 66.60% 3,230 02.08% 101 4,850
Pueblo County 56.02% 42,551 41.99% 31,894 01.98% 1,506 75,951
Rio Blanco County 16.94% 568 81.22% 2,724 01.85% 62 3,354
Rio Grande County 45.00% 2,478 52.99% 2,918 02.02% 111 5,507
Routt County 56.75% 7,547 41.13% 5,469 02.12% 282 13,298
Saguache County 63.83% 1,865 32.99% 964 03.18% 93 2,922
San Juan County 52.88% 266 42.15% 212 04.97% 25 503
San Miguel County 70.50% 2,992 27.19% 1,154 02.31% 98 4,244
Sedgwick County 31.46% 419 66.14% 881 02.40% 32 1,332
Summit County 61.14% 9,347 36.44% 5,571 02.41% 369 15,287
Teller County 32.42% 4,333 65.12% 8,702 02.46% 329 13,364
Washington County 18.13% 468 80.43% 2,076 01.43% 37 2,581
Weld County 42.51% 49,050 55.27% 63,775 02.22% 2,558 115,383
Yuma County 21.65% 987 76.55% 3,490 01.80% 82 4,559

Democratic caucuses[edit]

In 2012, Barack Obama ran unopposed in the Colorado Democratic caucus.

Republican caucuses[edit]

Colorado Republican caucuses, 2012

← 2008 February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) 2016 →

  Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 8.jpg
Candidate Rick Santorum Mitt Romney
Home state Pennsylvania Massachusetts
Delegate count 6 14
Popular vote 26,614 23,012
Percentage 40.3% 34.9%

  Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Ron Paul by Gage Skidmore 3 crop.jpg
Candidate Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Home state Georgia Texas
Delegate count 0 4
Popular vote 8,445 7,759
Percentage 12.8% 11.8%

Colorado Republican presidential caucus results, 2012.svg
Colorado results by county
  Rick Santorum
  Mitt Romney
  Newt Gingrich
  Tie

The Republican caucuses were held on "Republican Party Precinct Caucus Day" (February 7, 2012).[3] Caucus locations opened on 9 PM, February 7, 2012,[4] with 36 delegates at stake; 33 of which are tied to the caucuses while 3 are unpledged RNC delegates.[5] The event occurred alongside the Minnesota Republican caucuses as well the Missouri Republican primary. The race was widely expected to be won by Mitt Romney even on the day of the caucus, but a strong surge by Rick Santorum across all three races that day carried him to a close victory.

Results with 100% (2,917 of 2,917 precincts) reporting:

Colorado Republican caucus, February 7, 2012[6]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count Convention Results [7][8]
MSNBC
[9]
GP
[10]
Rick Santorum 26,614 40.31% 6 6 6
America Symbol.svg Mitt Romney 23,012 34.85% 13 14 13
Newt Gingrich 8,445 12.79% 0 0 0
Ron Paul 7,759 11.75% 3 0 0
Rick Perry 52 0.08% 0 0 0
Jon Huntsman 46 0.07% 0 0 0
Michele Bachmann 28 0.04% 0 0 0
Others 71 0.11% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 14 0 0
Unpledged delegates: 0 16 17
Totals: 66,027 100.00% 36 36 36
Key: Withdrew
prior to contest

Conventions[edit]

There is no formal system of allocating delegates to candidates in any step of the election process. At each meeting the participants decides what the best course of action is.
None of the 36 delegates are legally bound to vote for a candidate.[citation needed]

  • 12–13 April: Seven congressional conventions elects 3 National Convention delegates each and also elects delegates for the state convention.
  • 14 April: State convention elects 12 National Convention delegates.
Convention Results[7][11]
Candidate 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th State Party leaders Total
America Symbol.svg Uncommitted 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 4 3 17
Mitt Romney 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 8 0 13
Rick Santorum 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 6
Total 21 12 3 36

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Voting 2012" (PDF). nonprofitvote.org. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "2012 General Election". Colorado Department of State. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/docs/2012ElectionCalendar.pdf
  4. ^ "Colorado GOP moves up 2012 caucuses to Feb. 7". Denver Post. Associated Press. September 24, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Republican Delegate Allocation". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  6. ^ "2012 Colorado GOP Presidential Caucus Results". Colorado Republican Party. 
  7. ^ a b "National Delegate Results". cologop.org. Colorado Republican Party. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  8. ^ The Republic,CO GOP Assembly (April 22, 2012)
  9. ^ "Republican Caucuses" (May 7, 2012). MSNBC.
  10. ^ "Republican Caucus"
  11. ^ Bartels, Lynn (14 April 2012). "Colorado Republicans split delegate votes between Romney, unified Paul and Santorum supporters". denverpost.com. Denver Post. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 

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