United States presidential election in South Dakota, 2012

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United States presidential election in South Dakota, 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 3 0
Popular vote 210,610 145,039
Percentage 57.9% 39.9%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Barack Obama

The 2012 United States presidential election in South Dakota 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 Dakota voters chose three 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. Prior to the election, 17 news organizations considered this a state Romney would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. Romney won South Dakota by an 18.02% margin of victory.

General Election[edit]


United States presidential election in South Dakota, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 210,610 57.89% 3
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 145,039 39.87% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 5,795 1.59% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 2,371 0.65% 0
Totals 363,815 100.00% 3

Republican primary[edit]

South Dakota Republican primary, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 25 0
Popular vote 34,033 6,704
Percentage 66.05% 13.01%

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Candidate Rick Santorum Uncommited
Home state Pennsylvania n/a
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 5,916 2,797
Percentage 11.48% 5.43%

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South Dakota results by county
  Mitt Romney
(Note: Italicization indicates a withdrawn candidacy)

The Republican primary took place on June 5, 2012.[2] 25 delegates will be chosen, for a total of 28 delegates to go to the national convention.

South Dakota Republican primary, 2012
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 34,033 66.1% 25
Ron Paul 6,704 13.01% 0
Rick Santorum 5,916 11.48% 0
Uncommitted 2,797 5.43% 0
Newt Gingrich 2,074 4.03% 0
Unpledged delegates: 3
Total: 51,524 100.0% 28
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "South Dakota Secretary of State". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 

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