Prior to the election, 17 news organizations considered this a state Romney would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. Mitt Romney won the state of Alaska with 54.80% of the vote. Barack Obama received 40.81% of the vote. This was the first time since 1968 that a Democrat received more than 40% of the vote in Alaska. No Democrat has won Alaska since it was won by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. While the Republicans handily won its 3 electoral votes, Alaska's 2012 result made it one of just six states to swing toward President Obama between 2008 and 2012; in 2008 Alaska had been won by Republican nominee John McCain with a 21.5% margin of victory. This can be explained by the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee being Sarah Palin, the incumbent Governor of Alaska at the time.
Obama closed his margin of defeat in Alaska by 7.55% compared to his 2008 loss, making it the state with the strongest Democratic gain in 2012.
The Alaska Republican caucuses were held Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The presidential preference poll portion of the caucuses was scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm local time (which is 8 pm to midnight EST) at locations across the state and one caucus in Washington, DC.
Similar to the Nevada Republican caucuses, 2012, the results of the presidential preference poll will be used to directly and proportionately apportion 24 national convention delegates among the candidates. Another 3 super delegates are unbound and not determined by the caucus results.