United States presidential election in Idaho, 2012
The 2012 United States presidential election in Idaho took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Idaho voters chose four 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 and Ryan carried Idaho with 64.09% of the popular vote to Obama's and Biden's 32.40%, thus winning the state's four electoral votes.
Candidate Ballot Access:
- Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
- Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
- Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
- Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
- Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
- Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice
|United States presidential election in Idaho, 2012|
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Republican||Mitt Romney||Paul Ryan||420,911||64.09%||4|
|Democratic||Barack Obama||Joe Biden||212,787||32.40%||0|
|Libertarian||Gary Johnson||Jim Gray||9,453||1.44%||0|
|Green||Jill Stein||Cheri Honkala||4,402||0.67%||0|
|Justice||Rocky Anderson||Luis J. Rodriguez||2,499||0.38%||0|
|Constitution||Virgil Goode||Jim Clymer||2,222||0.34%||0|
|Peace & Freedom||Roseanne Barr||Cindy Sheehan||39||0.01%||0|
|Idaho Democratic primary, 2012|
|Candidate||State convention delegates||Percentage||Delegates|
|Idaho results by county
|Elections in Idaho|
2012 U.S. Presidential Election
The Republican caucuses took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012. An advisory primary with no binding effect on delegates, scheduled to be held on Tuesday May 15, 2012, was cancelled by the Idaho Republican Party. Five candidates were on the ballot. In order of filing they are Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Buddy Roemer. Although Roemer had withdrawn from the Republican race before the Idaho caucus, he still appeared on the ballot.
Idaho has 32 delegates to the Republican national convention, of which 3 are RNC and 29 are AL.[clarification needed] The 3 RNC delegates pledged to go with the results of the Boise Straw Poll. The delegates will be determined by the caucuses results, based on a two-step approach. First, the delegates are primarily awarded winner-take-all by county after a series of votes in which candidates are successively removed from the ballot. Then, if a candidate receives half or more of the county delegates, he will receive all the 32 delegates; if not, the delegates will be split proportionately according to the number of county delegates. Mitt Romney won 61% of the vote, thanks to a large majority of support (80-90% in most counties) in majority Mormon southeastern Idaho, rendering it a winner-take-all contest. Santorum and Paul split the Panhandle, winning five counties each, but came away empty in the delegate count.
Despite a complete lack of formal polling in the state, there were a total of four straw polls conducted in Idaho, three of which were online. Ron Paul won three of these, while Mitt Romney won another by a smaller margin.
January 2–4 online poll
|1||Paul, RonRon Paul||73.53%|
|2||Santorum, RickRick Santorum||8.09%|
|3||Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||7.35%|
|4||Romney, MittMitt Romney||5.15%|
|5||Obama, BarackBarack Obama||3.68%|
|6||Johnson, GaryGary Johnson||1.47%|
|7||Perry, RickRick Perry||0.74%|
|8||Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman||0.00%|
|9||Bachmann, MicheleMichele Bachmann||0.00%|
January 6 Boise poll
|1||Paul, RonRon Paul||43%||173|
|2||Romney, MittMitt Romney||34%||135|
|3||Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||12%||47|
|4||Santorum, RickRick Santorum||10%||40|
|5||Huntsman, JonJon Huntsman||1%||4|
February 2–4 online poll
This online straw poll was also produced by Kaz Wittig KStar Enterprises. Mitt Romney won the poll by a small margin.
|1||Romney, MittMitt Romney||45.39%|
|2||Paul, RonRon Paul||42.70%|
|3||Santorum, RickRick Santorum||4.49%|
|4||Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||3.82%|
|5||Obama, BarackBarack Obama||3.15%|
March 1–3 online poll
This poll was also produced by Kaz Wittig KStar Enterprises. Ron Paul won by a double-digit margin.
|1||Paul, RonRon Paul||51.37%||525|
|2||Romney, MittMitt Romney||35.03%||358|
|3||Johnson, GaryGary Johnson||3.91%||40|
|4||Santorum, RickRick Santorum||3.23%||33|
|5||Goode, VirgilVirgil Goode||2.84%||29|
|6||Roemer, BuddyBuddy Roemer||1.96%||20|
|7||Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||0.98%||10|
|8||Obama, BarackBarack Obama||0.49%||5|
|Finish||Candidate||Percentage||Votes||Estimated National Delegates|
|1||Romney, MittMitt Romney||61.6%||27,514||32|
|2||Santorum, RickRick Santorum||18.2%||8,115||0|
|3||Paul, RonRon Paul||18.1%||8,086||0|
|4||Gingrich, NewtNewt Gingrich||2.1%||940||0|
|5||Roemer, BuddyBuddy Roemer||0.0%||17||0|
|County||Newt Gingrich||Ron Paul||Mitt Romney||Rick Santorum||Total||Winner|
- That these totals reflect the final caucus ballots in each county; where only two candidates have votes totaled, this was likely from other candidates being eliminated in previous rounds of voting. Where all candidates have at least one vote, only one ballot was necessary, since the winning candidate had a majority of votes in that county.
- Vote totals for Buddy Roemer, who had formally withdrawn from the Republican race before the caucus, are not provided.
- Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012
- Results of the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries
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- "District of Columbia Democratic Delegation 2012". www.thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
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- Bodnar, Marissa. "Idaho GOP Gears Up For 2012 Straw Poll, Caucus". Local News 8. NPG of Idaho, Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Idaho County Map". CNN.