United States presidential election in South Carolina, 2012

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United States presidential election in South Carolina, 2012
South Carolina
2008 ←
November 6, 2012 → 2016

  Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6 cropped.jpg President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop.jpg
Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 9 0
Popular vote 1,071,645 865,941
Percentage 54.56% 44.09%

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County Results
  Obama—70-80%
  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 South Carolina took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. South Carolina 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. Romney defeated Obama in the state by 54.56% to 44.09%, a margin of 10.47%.[1]


Democratic primary[edit]

President Obama was unopposed in the Democratic primary and easily won with more than 99% of the vote. The Democratic election was held on January 28, 2012, one week after the Republican election.

Republican primary[edit]

South Carolina Republican presidential primary, 2012
South Carolina
2008 ←
January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21) → 2016

  Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg
Candidate Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney
Party Republican Republican
Home state Georgia Massachusetts
Delegate count 23 2
Popular vote 244,065 168,123
Percentage 40.4% 27.9%

  Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Ron Paul by Gage Skidmore 3 crop.jpg
Candidate Rick Santorum Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Texas
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 102,475 78,360
Percentage 17.0% 13.0%

South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2012.svg

Results by county. Orange indicates counties won by Romney, and purple, those won by Gingrich.

The Republican primary was held on January 21, 2012.

During the primary election campaign, the candidates ran on a platform of government reform in Washington. Domestic, foreign and economic policy emerged as the main themes in the election campaign following the onset of the 2008 economic crisis, as well as policies implemented by the Obama administration. This included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, termed "Obamacare" by its opponents, as well as government spending as a whole.

The primary has become one of several key early state nominating contests in the process of choosing the nominee of the Republican Party for the election for President of the United States. It has historically been more important for the Republican Party than for the Democratic Party; from its inception in 1980, until the nomination of Mitt Romney in 2012, the winner of the Republican presidential primary had gone on to win the nomination.[2] As of 2012, the primary has cemented its place as the "First in the South" primary for both parties.[3] Newt Gingrich was declared the winner of the race as soon as polls closed, however, Mitt Romney went on to win the nomination.

Date of primary[edit]

The 2012 South Carolina Republican primary was tentatively scheduled to occur on February 28, 2012,[4] much later than the date in 2008, which almost immediately followed the beginning of the year in January 2008.[5] On September 29, 2011, the entire schedule of caucuses and primaries was disrupted, however, when it was announced that the Republican Party of Florida had decided to move up its primary to January 31, in an attempt to bring attention to its own primary contest, and attract the presidential candidates to visit the state.[6] Because of the move, the Republican National Committee decided to strip Florida of half of its delegates.[7] Also as a result, the South Carolina Republican Party, along with Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada then sought to move their primaries and caucuses back into early January.[7] All but Nevada, who agreed to follow Florida,[8] confirmed their caucus and primary dates to take place throughout January, with South Carolina deciding to hold their contest on January 21, 2012.[7] It is an open primary.[9]

Ballot[edit]

Nine candidates appeared on the presidential primary ballot.[10] South Carolina had only 25 delegates up for grabs because it moved its primary to January 21. Eleven delegates were awarded for the statewide winner, Newt Gingrich, and two additional delegates were awarded to the winner of each of the seven congressional districts. Six districts were won by Gingrich, and one by Romney, giving Gingrich twelve additional delegates and Romney two delegates.[11]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Official results with 100% (2,117 of 2,117) precincts reporting.[12]

There were 2,804,231 registered voters, for a turnout of 21.60%.[12]

South Carolina Republican primary, 2012
Candidate Votes Percentage Estimated national delegates
Newt Gingrich 244,065 40.42% 23
Mitt Romney 168,123 27.85% 2
Rick Santorum 102,475 16.97% 0
Ron Paul 78,360 12.98% 0
Herman Cain 6,338 1.05% 0
Rick Perry 2,534 0.42% 0
Jon Huntsman 1,173 0.19% 0
Michele Bachmann 491 0.08% 0
Gary Johnson 211 0.03% 0
Totals 603,770 100.00% 25
Key: Withdrew
prior to contest

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in South Carolina, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 1,071,645 54.56% 9
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 865,941 44.09% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 16,321 0.83% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 5,446 0.28% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 4,765 0.22% 0
Totals 1,964,118 100.00% 9

Results breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County Romney% Romney# Obama% Obama# Others% Others Total
Abbeville 56.05% 5,981 42.57% 4,543 1.38% 147 10,671
Aiken 62.59% 44,042 35.99% 25,322 1.42% 999 70,363
Allendale 20.13% 838 79.20% 3,297 0.67% 28 4,163
Anderson 67.45% 48,709 31.03% 22,405 1.52% 1,098 72,212
Bamberg 31.88% 2,194 67.19% 4,624 0.93% 64 6,882
Barnwell 46.95% 4,659 52.28% 5,188 0.76% 76 9,923
Beaufort 58.24% 42,687 40.72% 29,848 1.04% 762 73,297
Berkeley 56.42% 38,475 41.85% 28,542 1.73% 1,178 68,195
Calhoun 47.32% 3,707 51.63% 4,045 1.05% 82 7,834
Charleston 48.01% 77,629 50.39% 81,487 1.61% 2,591 161,707
Cherokee 64.09% 13,314 34.81% 7,231 1.10% 228 20,773
Chester 44.19% 6,367 54.77% 7,891 1.03% 149 14,407
Chesterfield 51.16% 8,490 47.96% 7,958 0.88% 146 16,594
Clarendon 43.40% 7,071 55.80% 9,091 0.80% 130 16,292
Colleton 49.41% 8,443 49.60% 8,475 0.98% 168 17,086
Darlington 47.87% 14,434 51.27% 15,457 0.85% 259 30,150
Dillon 41.63% 5,427 57.71% 7,523 0.65% 85 13,035
Dorchester 57.22% 32,531 41.24% 23,445 1.54% 879 56,855
Edgefield 56.21% 6,512 42.87% 4,967 0.92% 107 11,586
Fairfield 33.62% 3,999 65.38% 7,777 1.00% 119 11,895
Florence 49.83% 28,961 49.23% 28,614 0.94% 547 58,122
Georgetown 53.37% 16,526 45.74% 14,163 0.89% 276 30,965
Greenville 62.99% 121,685 35.23% 68,070 1.77% 3,434 193,189
Greenwood 57.02% 16,348 41.76% 11,972 1.23% 352 28,672
Hampton 35.98% 3,312 63.37% 5,834 0.65% 60 9,206
Horry 64.17% 72,127 34.60% 38,885 1.23% 1,381 112,393
Jasper 41.60% 4,169 57.45% 5,757 0.95% 95 10,021
Kershaw 58.41% 16,324 40.29% 11,259 1.30% 363 27,946
Lancaster 58.33% 19,333 40.49% 13,419 1.19% 392 33,144
Laurens 58.02% 14,746 40.60% 10,318 1.39% 352 25,416
Lee 31.80% 2,832 67.10% 5,977 1.09% 98 8,907
Lexington 68.07% 76,662 30.32% 34,148 1.61% 1,813 112,623
Marion 34.46% 5,164 64.65% 9,688 0.89% 134 14,986
Marlboro 37.31% 3,676 61.91% 6,100 0.78% 77 9,853
McCormick 47.81% 2,467 51.41% 2,653 0.78% 40 5,160
Newberry 56.63% 9,260 42.28% 6,913 1.08% 178 16,351
Oconee 70.47% 21,611 27.88% 8,550 1.66% 505 30,666
Orangeburg 27.93% 12,022 71.37% 30,720 0.69% 299 43,041
Pickens 73.49% 33,474 24.49% 11,156 2.02% 919 45,549
Richland 33.37% 53,105 65.34% 103,989 1.30% 2,060 159,154
Saluda 59.96% 5,135 38.86% 3,328 1.19% 101 8,564
Spartanburg 60.93% 66,969 37.72% 41,461 1.34% 1,476 109,906
Sumter 40.74% 19,274 58.32% 27,589 0.94% 446 47,309
Union 52.50% 6,584 46.22% 5,796 1.28% 181 12,541
Williamsburg 29.59% 4,824 69.52% 11,335 0.88% 145 16,304
York 59.42% 59,546 39.05% 39,131 1.53% 1,533 100,210

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "GOP bellwether South Carolina shows a tangled race: Pg 1". Retrieved January 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ "First in the South". Fox News. Retrieved January 20, 2008. 
  4. ^ Falcone, Michael (September 2, 2011). "South Carolina GOP Officials Hope To Strike Deal With Florida To ‘Calm’ 2012 Primary Waters". ABC News. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "South Carolina Primary Results". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Steven (September 29, 2011). "Florida Moves its Primary". Outside the Beltway. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Jacobs, Jennifer (October 25, 2011). "GOP chairman: Florida will be penalized, and 2012 race is now set". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ Nir, David (October 24, 2011). "Nevada Republicans cave, move caucuses to Feb. 4". Daily Kos. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ Richard E. Berg-Andersson. "South Carolina Republican". The Green Papers. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Whitmire, C. "2012 Republican Presidential Primary Candidates". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Kleefeld, Eric (January 4, 2012). "South Carolina GOP Chairman: ‘Anyone Can Win’ In Our Primary". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "South Carolina Primary". South Carolina State Election Commission. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 

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