United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2012

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United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2012

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Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 15 0
Popular vote 2,270,395 2,178,391
Percentage 50.39% 48.35%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in North 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. North Carolina voters chose 15 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.

On election day, Mitt Romney narrowly carried the state of North Carolina, winning 50.39% of the vote to Barack Obama's 48.35%, a margin of 2.04%. North Carolina was one of just two states (along with Indiana) which flipped from voting for Obama in 2008 to voting Republican in 2012. Like Indiana, North Carolina had been a reliably Republican state prior to Obama's 2008 win, having not previously gone Democratic since 1976. Unlike Indiana, however, North Carolina was still considered a competitive swing state in 2012, and both campaigns targeted it heavily, with the Democrats even holding their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Primary elections[edit]

Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina, 2012

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Candidate Barack Obama No Preference
Home state Illinois n/a
Delegate count 104 0
Popular vote 766,077 200,810
Percentage 79.23% 20.77%

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North Carolina results by county
  Barack Obama

Democratic primary[edit]

The 2012 North Carolina Democratic primary was held May 8, 2012. North Carolina awarded 157 delegates proportionally.[1]

No candidate ran against incumbent President Barack Obama in North Carolina's Democratic presidential preference primary. Obama received 766,079 votes, or 79.23% of the vote, with the remainder (200,810 votes, or 20.77%) going to elect delegates with "No Preference".[1]

At the North Carolina Democratic state convention, 152 delegates were awarded to Obama, with 5 delegates remaining unannounced.[1]

Democratic Primary Election in NC[2]
Candidate Votes Percentage Awarded delegates
Barack Obama 766,077 79.23% 104
No Preference 200,810 20.77% 0
Totals 966,889 100.00% 104

Republican primary[edit]

Republican presidential primary in North Carolina, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Texas Pennsylvania
Delegate count 36 6 0
Popular vote 638,601 108,217 101,093
Percentage 65.62% 11.12% 10.39%

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Candidate Newt Gingrich No Preference
Home state Georgia n/a
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 74,367 50,928
Percentage 7.64% 5.23%

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North Carolina results by county
  Mitt Romney
(Note: Italicization indicates a withdrawn candidacy)

The 2012 North Carolina Republican primary was held May 8, 2012.[3][4] North Carolina awarded 55 delegates proportionally.[5] Ron Paul and Mitt Romney were the only active contenders on the ballot. By the time of the primary, Romney had already been declared the party's presumptive nominee.[6]

Romney won the North Carolina GOP presidential primary with 65.62% of the vote. Paul (with 11.12% of the vote) narrowly edged out Santorum (with 10.39% of the vote), and Gingrich came in last with 7.64% of the vote. 5.23% of voters registered "no preference". The awarded delegate count from North Carolina's Republican state convention was Romney with 48 delegates and Paul with 7 delegates.[5]

Republican Primary Election in NC[5]
Candidate Votes Percentage Awarded delegates
Mitt Romney 638,601 65.62% 48
Ron Paul 108,217 11.12% 7
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 101,093 10.39%
Newt Gingrich (withdrawn) 74,367 7.64%
No Preference 50,928 5.23%
Totals 973,206 100.00% 55

General Election[edit]

Overview[edit]

United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2012[7]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 2,270,395 50.39% 15
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 2,178,391 48.35% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 44,515 0.99% 0
Others (write-in) 12,071 0.27% 0
Totals 4,505,372 100.00% 15
Voter turnout (registered voters) 67.74%
North Carolina 2012 Presidential Election by Voting District

By county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Alamance County 42.60% 28,875 56.32% 38,170 01.08% 731 67,776
Alexander County 26.81% 4,611 71.25% 12,253 01.93% 332 17,196
Alleghany County 31.24% 1,583 66.90% 3,390 01.86% 94 5,067
Anson County 62.36% 7,019 37.01% 4,166 00.63% 71 11,256
Ashe County 32.64% 4,116 65.36% 8,242 02.00% 252 12,610
Avery County 24.26% 1,882 74.31% 5,766 01.43% 111 7,759
Beaufort County 39.94% 9,435 59.17% 13,977 00.88% 208 23,620
Bertie County 66.14% 6,695 33.46% 3,387 00.41% 41 10,123
Bladen County 50.52% 8,062 48.56% 7,748 00.92% 147 15,957
Brunswick County 38.42% 22,038 60.57% 34,743 01.01% 581 57,362
Buncombe County 55.31% 70,625 42.84% 54,701 01.86% 2,370 127,696
Burke County 37.49% 13,701 60.93% 22,267 01.58% 576 36,544
Cabarrus County 39.31% 32,849 59.30% 49,557 01.39% 1,160 83,566
Caldwell County 31.38% 10,898 66.88% 23,229 01.74% 605 34,732
Camden County 32.06% 1,508 66.09% 3,109 01.85% 87 4,704
Carteret County 29.00% 10,301 69.76% 24,775 01.24% 441 35,517
Caswell County 48.45% 5,348 50.67% 5,594 00.88% 97 11,039
Catawba County 34.58% 24,069 63.99% 44,538 01.43% 994 69,601
Chatham County 51.82% 18,361 47.03% 16,665 01.15% 408 35,434
Cherokee County 26.25% 3,378 72.11% 9,278 01.64% 211 12,867
Chowan County 47.38% 3,556 51.85% 3,891 00.77% 58 7,505
Clay County 27.99% 1,579 70.42% 3,973 01.60% 90 5,642
Cleveland County 39.37% 17,062 59.51% 25,793 01.12% 485 43,340
Columbus County 45.58% 11,050 53.38% 12,941 01.04% 252 24,243
Craven County 40.64% 18,763 58.32% 26,928 01.04% 479 46,170
Cumberland County 59.38% 75,792 39.69% 50,666 00.93% 1,183 127,641
Currituck County 31.51% 3,562 66.31% 7,496 02.18% 246 11,304
Dare County 41.13% 7,393 57.02% 10,248 01.85% 333 17,974
Davidson County 29.07% 20,624 69.62% 49,383 01.31% 928 70,935
Davie County 27.75% 5,735 71.05% 14,687 01.20% 248 20,670
Duplin County 43.87% 9,033 55.44% 11,416 00.69% 143 20,592
Durham County 75.80% 111,224 23.01% 33,769 01.19% 1,742 146,735
Edgecombe County 67.89% 18,310 31.68% 8,546 00.43% 116 26,972
Forsyth County 53.04% 92,323 45.83% 79,768 01.14% 1,978 174,069
Franklin County 47.33% 13,436 51.44% 14,603 01.23% 350 28,389
Gaston County 36.66% 33,171 62.04% 56,138 01.30% 1,174 90,483
Gates County 51.63% 2,786 47.52% 2,564 00.85% 46 5,396
Graham County 28.35% 1,119 69.67% 2,750 01.98% 78 3,947
Granville County 51.75% 13,598 47.21% 12,405 01.04% 272 26,275
Greene County 45.87% 3,778 53.56% 4,411 00.57% 47 8,236
Guilford County 57.66% 146,365 41.28% 104,789 01.06% 2,698 253,852
Halifax County 65.86% 17,176 33.60% 8,763 00.54% 140 26,079
Harnett County 39.92% 17,331 58.89% 25,565 01.20% 519 43,415
Haywood County 42.30% 11,833 55.88% 15,633 01.82% 508 27,974
Henderson County 35.58% 18,642 62.98% 32,994 01.44% 756 52,392
Hertford County 71.84% 7,843 27.54% 3,007 00.62% 68 10,918
Hoke County 58.96% 10,076 39.90% 6,819 01.14% 194 17,089
Hyde County 48.80% 1,163 50.06% 1,193 01.13% 27 2,383
Iredell County 34.15% 26,076 64.56% 49,299 01.30% 990 76,365
Jackson County 48.47% 8,095 49.42% 8,254 02.11% 352 16,701
Johnston County 35.58% 27,290 63.15% 48,427 01.27% 974 76,691
Jones County 44.97% 2,352 54.24% 2,837 00.78% 41 5,230
Lee County 44.56% 10,801 54.28% 13,158 01.16% 280 24,239
Lenoir County 49.66% 13,948 49.78% 13,980 00.56% 158 28,086
Lincoln County 29.98% 11,024 68.71% 25,267 01.32% 484 36,775
Macon County 33.88% 5,712 64.26% 10,835 01.86% 314 16,861
Madison County 44.34% 4,484 53.44% 5,404 02.22% 225 10,113
Martin County 52.03% 6,583 47.38% 5,995 00.58% 74 12,652
McDowell County 33.32% 6,031 65.06% 11,775 01.62% 293 18,099
Mecklenburg County 60.65% 272,262 38.24% 171,668 01.11% 4,970 448,900
Mitchell County 23.67% 1,838 74.77% 5,806 01.56% 121 7,765
Montgomery County 41.90% 4,706 57.02% 6,404 01.08% 121 11,231
Moore County 35.56% 16,505 63.55% 29,495 00.89% 415 46,415
Nash County 50.14% 24,313 49.17% 23,842 00.69% 337 48,492
New Hanover County 46.96% 48,668 51.52% 53,385 01.52% 1,575 103,628
Northampton County 67.24% 7,232 32.38% 3,483 00.38% 41 10,756
Onslow County 35.95% 18,490 62.69% 32,243 01.36% 702 51,435
Orange County 70.22% 53,901 28.06% 21,539 01.72% 1,317 76,757
Pamlico County 39.15% 2,647 59.91% 4,051 00.95% 64 6,762
Pasquotank County 56.78% 10,282 42.15% 7,633 01.06% 192 18,107
Pender County 39.27% 9,632 59.60% 14,617 01.13% 278 24,527
Perquimans County 41.48% 2,759 57.46% 3,822 01.07% 71 6,652
Person County 44.06% 8,418 54.94% 10,496 01.00% 192 19,106
Pitt County 53.06% 41,843 45.92% 36,214 01.01% 799 78,856
Polk County 38.63% 4,013 60.03% 6,236 01.35% 140 10,389
Randolph County 24.33% 14,773 74.38% 45,160 01.29% 782 60,715
Richmond County 51.01% 9,904 48.06% 9,332 00.93% 181 19,417
Robeson County 58.18% 24,988 40.77% 17,510 01.04% 448 42,946
Rockingham County 38.91% 16,351 60.04% 25,227 01.05% 442 42,020
Rowan County 36.35% 22,650 62.23% 38,775 01.42% 887 62,312
Rutherford County 32.66% 9,374 66.04% 18,954 01.30% 374 28,702
Sampson County 44.19% 11,566 55.10% 14,422 00.71% 186 26,174
Scotland County 58.03% 8,215 41.19% 5,831 00.78% 110 14,156
Stanly County 29.36% 8,431 69.31% 19,904 01.33% 382 28,717
Stokes County 27.84% 6,018 70.48% 15,237 01.68% 364 21,619
Surry County 30.92% 9,112 67.60% 19,923 01.48% 435 29,470
Swain County 45.71% 2,618 51.96% 2,976 02.34% 134 5,728
Transylvania County 40.72% 6,826 57.47% 9,634 01.81% 303 16,763
Tyrrell County 46.94% 837 52.16% 930 00.90% 16 1,783
Union County 34.28% 32,473 64.51% 61,107 01.21% 1,148 94,728
Vance County 63.89% 13,323 35.62% 7,429 00.49% 102 20,854
Wake County 54.94% 267,262 43.50% 211,596 01.56% 7,569 486,427
Warren County 68.67% 6,978 30.90% 3,140 00.43% 44 10,162
Washington County 58.98% 3,833 40.34% 2,622 00.68% 44 6,499
Watauga County 46.98% 13,002 50.09% 13,861 02.93% 811 27,674
Wayne County 45.40% 23,314 53.83% 27,641 00.77% 397 51,352
Wilkes County 27.96% 8,148 70.39% 20,515 01.65% 482 29,145
Wilson County 53.38% 20,875 45.91% 17,954 00.72% 280 39,109
Yadkin County 23.54% 3,957 74.81% 12,578 01.65% 278 16,813
Yancey County 42.12% 3,981 55.85% 5,278 02.03% 192 9,451

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "North Carolina Democrat". The Green Papers. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "NC - Election Results". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "North Carolina Republican". The Green Papers. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  6. ^ Memoli, Michael A. (25 April 2012). "RNC officially names Mitt Romney the party's 'presumptive nominee'". LA Times. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections". Retrieved November 14, 2012.[dead link]

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