Republican Party presidential candidates, 2012

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Republican Party presidential candidates, 2012
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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 2061 190
States carried 47+ DC & U.S. Territories 3
Popular vote 10,031,336 2,095,762
Percentage 52.13% 10.89%

Republican Party presidential primaries results, roll call 2012.png

First place finishes by convention roll call

Previous Republican nominee before election

John McCain

Republican nominee

Mitt Romney

This article contains lists of notable candidates for the United States Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination.

Candidates[edit]

The following individuals filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and/or announced their intentions to seek the 2012 presidential nomination of the Republican Party. In this table, those marked lighter grey were featured in the majority of the televised debates that occurred while their respective campaigns were active; those marked darker grey were excluded from the majority of those same televised debates, but are notable for having debated with at least some of the televised candidates in other forums (usually online). Candidates with an asterisk after their withdrawal date subsequently sought the nomination of another party.

See Results of the Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012 for more details about the outcome of the primaries.

Candidate Background Declared States/popular vote/delegates won Withdrew Notes

2012 Republican Nominee[edit]

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Mitt Romney
(Campaign)
Former governor of Massachusetts June 2, 2011[1] 42
52.13%
2,061
N/A

The withdrawal of candidate Rick Santorum on April 10, 2012 eliminated his main challenger and all but guaranteed him the nomination. Newt Gingrich's exit from the race on May 2 left him against Ron Paul and Fred Karger. His win in Texas on May 29 finally accumulated enough delegates to mathematically secure him the nomination. Romney was officially announced as the 2012 Republican presidential nominee on August 28, 2012.[2] He was defeated by incumbent President Barack Obama in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Did not withdraw[edit]

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Ron Paul
(Campaign)
U.S. Representative from Texas May 13, 2011[4] 1
10.89%
190
N/A

May 14, 2012 Paul announced that he would no longer actively campaign in states that have not held primaries, but rather focus on a strategy to secure delegates before the convention.[5] Leading up to the convention, Ron Paul won bound-pluralities of the official delegations from the states of Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, and Oregon (but not the Virgin Islands—despite winning the popular vote there). Due to disputes these were reduced to Iowa, Minnesota, and Nevada; however, he additionally had nomination-from-the-floor-pluralities in the states of Oregon and Alaska, plus the territory of the Virgin Islands.[6] Although he wasn't named the 2012 Republican nominee, he did not officially end his campaign or endorse nominee Mitt Romney for president.[7][8][9] At the convention, Ron Paul received second place with 8% of the delegates.

Withdrew after the primaries[edit]

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Fred Karger
Political consultant and gay rights activist of California March 23, 2011[10] 0
0.07%
0
June 29, 2012 Karger was not invited to any of the televised debates, but participated in the December WePolls.com online debate along with Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer. He came in 4th place with 1,893 votes in Puerto Rico, 1,180 votes in Michigan, 10 votes in Iowa, 345 votes in New Hampshire, 377 votes in Maryland, 6,481 votes in his home state of California, and 545 votes in Utah, amounting up to a total of 10,831 votes. He withdrew following a 5th place finish in the Utah primary, which was the final primary of the 2012 cycle. Karger received no delegate votes at the convention.

Appeared on more than two primary ballots[edit]

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Newt Gingrich
(Campaign)
Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives from Georgia May 11, 2011[11] 2
14.20%
0
May 2, 2012

After a poor showing in the Delaware primaries, Gingrich's advisers hinted on April 25, 2012 that he would exit the race the following week.[12] He officially ended his campaign on May 2, and endorsed Mitt Romney.[13] Gingrich received no delegate votes at the convention, having released his bound delegates to Romney.

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Rick Santorum
(Campaign)
Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania June 6, 2011[14] 11
20.43%
9
April 10, 2012

Santorum suspended his campaign following the hospitalization of his three-year-old daughter Isabella, as well as a strong showing by front runner Mitt Romney in recent primaries and polls.[15][16][17] He conceded the race to Romney later that day, though didn't fully endorse him until May 7.[18][19][20] Santorum received nine delegate votes at the convention, coming in third behind Romney and Ron Paul, despite having officially released his bound delegates to Romney.

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Buddy Roemer
(Campaign)
Former governor of Louisiana June 21, 2011[21] 0
0.17%
1
February 22, 2012*

Roemer was not invited to any of the televised debates, but particupated in the November LibertyPAC online debate with Gingrich, Johnson, and Santorum, and then also in the December WePolls.com online debate along with Gary Johnson and Fred Karger. He has received a total of 30,523 votes from Iowa New Hampshire, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, California, and Puerto Rico, where he came in third place. On February 22 he announced he was withdrawing from the Republican race to pursue nomination as a member of the Reform Party.[22] Roemer received one delegate-vote at the convention.

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Rick Perry
(Campaign)
Governor of Texas August 13, 2011[23] 0
0.28%
0
January 19, 2012

After doing poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire, he suspended his campaign, endorsing Newt Gingrich.[24] On April 25, he switched his endorsement to Mitt Romney, after advisers hinted that Gingrich would withdraw his nomination.[25] He remained on the ballot in most states prior to Super Tuesday, and has received 54,769 votes during the primary season. Perry received no delegate-votes at the convention.

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Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Campaign)
Former Governor of Utah and US Ambassador to China June 21, 2011[26] 0
0.44%
1
January 16, 2012 After coming in third in New Hampshire, he suspended his campaign, endorsing Mitt Romney.[27] He remained on the ballot in most states prior to Super Tuesday, and has received 84,724 votes during the primary season, collecting two delegates. Huntsman received one delegate-vote at the convention.
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Michele Bachmann
(Campaign)
U.S. Representative from Minnesota June 27, 2011[28] 0
0.21%
1
January 4, 2012

After winning the Ames Straw Poll, her candidacy collapsed and after coming sixth in the Iowa caucuses, she suspended her presidential campaign.[29] After months of speculation, Bachmann endorsed Mitt Romney on May 3.[30] She remained on the ballot in most states prior to Super Tuesday, and received 41,401 votes during the primary season, collecting two 'soft' delegates. Bachmann received one delegate-vote at the convention.

Suspended or withdrew before the primaries, but appeared on at least three primary ballots[edit]

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Herman Cain
(Campaign)
Businessman of Georgia May 21, 2011[31] 0
0.07%
0
December 3, 2011

After a series of scandals, Cain suspended his presidential campaign, and after momentarily reviving it as part of Stephen Colbert's satirical presidential campaign, endorsed Newt Gingrich on January 28, 2012.[32][33] On April 17, 2012, he changed his endorsement to Mitt Romney.[34] He remained on the ballot in a number of states, and has received 13,629 votes during the primary season. Cain received no delegate-votes at the convention.

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Gary Johnson
(Campaign)
Former Governor of New Mexico April 21, 2011[35] 0
0.02%
0
December 28, 2011* Johnson was in the first televised debate, and in one other televised debate, but was excluded from the other televised debates. He debated online during November with Gingrich, Santorum, and Roemer; he then debated online with Roemer and Karger during December. Johnson withdrew his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on December 28, endorsing Ron Paul in that contest.[36] Johnson officially declared his candidacy for the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nomination on the same day, and became the party's nominee on May 5, 2012.[37][38] He remained on the Republican primary ballot in a number of states, and has received 4,364 votes during the Republican primary season. As the Libertarian nominee, Johnson received 1,274,136 votes (which was 1% of the votes cast) on the November general election ballot.

Appeared on only two primary ballots[edit]

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L. John Davis Jr.
L. John Davis Jr., small business owner from Colorado,[39] filed with the FEC on October 1, 2010.[40] He participated in the lesser-known candidates forum ahead of the New Hampshire Primary. Davis appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire[41] and Texas,[42] receiving 3,901 votes in total.
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Michael J. Meehan
Michael J. Meehan, realtor from Missouri,[43] participated in the lesser-known candidates forum ahead of the New Hampshire primary. He appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire[41] and Missouri,[44] receiving 410 votes in total.
Mark Callahan
Mark Callahan, technician from Oregon,[45] filed with the FEC on May 16, 2011.[46] He appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire[41] and Arizona,[47] receiving 378 votes in total.
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Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill, airline pilot from Kentucky,[48] filed with the FEC on May 31, 2011.[49] He participated in the lesser-known candidates forum ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Hill appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire[41] and Arizona,[47] receiving 247 votes in total.
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Randy Crow
Randy Crow, business owner and conspiracy theorist from North Carolina,[50] originally filed with the FEC to run as an Independent on May 11, 2010.[51] He switched his affiliation to Republican on November 12, 2010.[52] Crow participated in the lesser-known candidates forum in December 2011, ahead of the New Hampshire primary. He appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire[41] and Louisiana,[53] receiving 198 votes in total.
Keith Drummond
Keith Drummond, a businessman[54] from Texas, filed with the FEC on September 12, 2011.[55] He appeared on the ballot in New Hampshire[41] and Missouri,[44] receiving 195 votes.

Appeared only one primary ballot[edit]

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Andy Martin

Andy Martin, perennial candidate and birther activist of Illinois, declared his candidacy on December 29, 2010.[56] He received 19 votes in New Hampshire and has not attempted to get his name on any other ballot. On April 25, 2012 Martin dropped his bid for the nomination and announced his intent to remain politically active within the race until the 2012 Republican national convention, at which point he endorsed nominee Mitt Romney.[57]

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Stewart Greenleaf

Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania State Senator, signed up for the New Hampshire primary ballot on October 28, 2011.[58][59] He received 24 votes there and has not attempted to get his name on any other ballot.[60]

Filed with the FEC, but appeared on no primary ballots[edit]

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Jimmy McMillan

Jimmy McMillan, perennial candidate from New York declared his candidacy on December 23, 2010.[61] He stopped running as a Republican candidate on January 31, 2012, in an attempt to get his Rent Is Too Damn High Party on the New York ballot in November via lawsuit.[62] On September 13, 2012, McMillan dropped out of the race in order to focus on his candidacy for the 2013 New York City mayoral election, and endorsed President Barack Obama.[63]

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Thaddeus McCotter

Thaddeus McCotter, U.S. Representative from Michigan, declared his candidacy on July 2, 2011.[64] McCotter was in the July 20th TheTeaParty.net twitter-debate, along with Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Johnson, and Santorum, but was not invited to the two Iowa & California televised debates which occurred while he was running. McCotter dropped out of the race on September 22, 2011 (the day of the televised Florida debate—the third during his campaign—to which he also was not invited) and endorsed Mitt Romney.[65] He received 35 votes at the Ames Straw Poll.

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Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty, Former Governor of Minnesota, declared his candidacy on May 23, 2011.[66] Pawlenty dropped out of the race on August 14, 2011 after a third-place finish at the Ames Straw Poll.[67] He endorsed Mitt Romney for President on September 12, 2011.[68] He received 2,293 votes, or 13.6%, at Ames, and two write-ins in the Caucus itself, as well as four in New Hampshire, for a total of six during the primary season.

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Jonathon Sharkey
Jonathon Sharkey, perennial candidate from Florida, filed a presidential committee with the FEC on May 5, 2010.[69][70][71] Sharkey withdrew from the race on August 17, 2011 to pursue a movie career.[72]
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Jack Fellure

Jack Fellure, perennial candidate from West Virginia, filed a presidential committee with the FEC on November 5, 2008.[73] Fellure ended his campaign for the Republican nomination on June 22, 2011 after receiving the presidential nomination of the Prohibition Party.[74]

Formed exploratory committee, but did not run[edit]

Roy Moore
Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, announced the formation of an exploratory committee on May 18, 2011.[75][76] When that campaign failed to gain traction, he began to draw speculation in the media as being a potential Constitution Party presidential contender.[77][78] Moore eventually withdrew his exploratory committee and ended all speculation of a presidential candidacy in November 2011, when he announced he would seek election to his former post of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2012.[79] He received two write-in votes in Iowa.

Speculative candidates[edit]

Received speculation[edit]

The following people were the object of presidential speculation in media reports in 2011. This gallery does not include people who declined to run (see below).

Declined to run[edit]

The following people, who were speculated to be potential candidates for the Republican Party's presidential nomination clearly and unequivocally denied interest publicly, released Shermanesque statements, or declared candidacy for a different political office in 2012.

See also[edit]

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