United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 2012
The 2012 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Massachusetts voters chose 11 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 won Massachusetts with 60.7% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 37.5%, thus winning the state's 11 electoral votes, despite the fact that it is Romney's home state and he was Governor of the state from 2003 to 2007. This was the first time a presidential candidate lost his home state since Al Gore lost Tennessee in the 2000 election. The 2016 election is guaranteed to be the next one, due to the fact both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are from New York.
Massachusetts has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984. It was also the sixth straight election (beginning in 1992) in which the Democratic presidential candidate swept every one of the state's 14 counties.
Incumbent president Barack Obama won the Democratic Primary with 81% of the vote. He wasn't challenged in the primary and the rest of the vote went to write-in candidates, through the primary and district caucuses, he won all of the state's 136 delegates which were pledged to vote for him at the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
|Massachusetts results by county
|Elections in Massachusetts|
2012 U.S. Presidential Election
The 2012 Massachusetts Republican primary was held on March 6, 2012. Among the 41 delegates to the Republican National Convention, 38 are awarded proportionately among candidates getting at least 15% of the vote statewide, and another three super delegates are unbound. Expectedly, Romney won Massachusetts by a landslide. Romney won the plurality in every town with the exception of 10 towns (Santorum winning 7, Paul winning 2, and a tie in 1), earning the majority in all but 53 towns.
|Massachusetts Republican primary, 2012|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Projected delegate count|
|Jon Huntsman (withdrawn)||2,268||0.61%||-||0||0|
|Rick Perry (withdrawn)||991||0.27%||-||0||0|
|Michele Bachmann (withdrawn)||865||0.23%||-||0||0|
Candidate Ballot Access:
- Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
- Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
- Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
- Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
|United States presidential election in Massachusetts, 2012|
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Barack Obama||Joe Biden||1,921,290||60.65%||11|
|Republican||Mitt Romney||Paul Ryan||1,188,314||37.51%||0|
|Libertarian||Gary Johnson||Jim Gray||30,920||0.98%||0|
|Green-Rainbow||Jill Stein||Cheri Honkala||20,691||0.65%||0|
Results by Municipality
- Republican Party presidential debates, 2012
- Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012
- Results of the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries
- Massachusetts Republican Party
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- Massachusetts – CNN
- Massachusetts – Fox News
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