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2012 Indiana gubernatorial election

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2012 Indiana gubernatorial election

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Mike Pence in November 2013.jpg
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Nominee Mike Pence John R. Gregg
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Sue Ellspermann Vi Simpson
Popular vote 1,275,424 1,200,016
Percentage 49.5% 46.6%

Indiana Governor Election Results by County, 2012
County results
Pence:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Gregg:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Mitch Daniels

Elected Governor

Mike Pence

The 2012 Indiana gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent governor Mitch Daniels was term-limited and unable to seek a third term. The Republican candidate, Congressman Mike Pence; the Democratic candidate, former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives John R. Gregg; and the Libertarian candidate, youth mentor, small business owner and reality TV personality, Rupert Boneham, were all unopposed in their respective primaries or conventions and contested the general election. This is the first open Indiana gubernatorial election since 1996 and the first gubernatorial election since 1972 without the governor or LT. governor as a nominee.

Pence narrowly won the election, with it being the closest race for governor since 1960. Pence was later elected Vice President of the United States four years later as the running mate of Donald Trump.

Republican Party


Removed from ballot


Republican Indiana gubernatorial election primary in Indiana, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 554,412 100
Total votes 554,412 100

Democratic Party



Democratic Indiana gubernatorial election primary in Indiana, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John R. Gregg 207,365 100
Total votes 207,365 100

Libertarian Party


General election


  • John Gregg (Democratic), former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • Rupert Boneham (Libertarian), four-time contestant on Survivor and founder of Rupert's Kids
  • Donnie Harold Harris (Public Party) (write-in)
  • Running mate: George Fish[10]


The Indiana Debate Commission organized three televised debates between Indiana Gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John R. Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.

Debate schedule

The first debate was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center in Zionsville, Indiana and was moderated by former Indianapolis Star editor Dennis Ryerson.

The second debate was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana and was moderated by Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute president John Ketzenberger.

The third debate was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the WFWA PBS 39 studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was moderated by DePauw University Executive Director of Media Relations Ken Owen.


Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[11] Likely R November 1, 2012
Sabato's Crystal Ball[12] Likely R November 5, 2012
Rothenberg Political Report[13] Likely R November 2, 2012
Real Clear Politics[14] Likely R November 5, 2012


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Pence (R)
John R.
Gregg (D)
Boneham (L)
Other Undecided
Howey Politics/DePauw October 28–30, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 47% 40% 5%
Benenson Strategy Group October 18–21, 2012 701 ± 3.7% 44% 38% 6% 12%
YouGov October 4–11, 2012 470 ± 5.6% 49% 38% 13%
Howey Politics/DePauw University September 19–23, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 47% 34% 5% 14%
Market Research Insight August 6–9, 2012 600 ± 4% 50% 32% 3% 15%
Market Research Insight March 26–27, 2012 503 ± 4.5% 44% 31% 5% 20%

Statewide results

When the polls closed, the election was very close, and continued to stay close throughout the night.[citation needed] Gregg performed well in Marion County (Indianapolis) and Lake County (Gary), which were Democratic strongholds. Pence performed well in the Indianapolis suburbs and the Fort Wayne area. At 12:34 am EST, the Associated Press called the race for Pence.[citation needed] At 1:06 am, Gregg called Pence to concede, realizing there weren't enough votes left to overtake him.[citation needed] Pence ultimately won the election.

Pence took office on January 13, 2013. This was one of Indiana's closest gubernatorial elections.[citation needed]

Indiana gubernatorial election, 2012[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Pence 1,275,424 49.49% -8.35%
Democratic John R. Gregg 1,200,016 46.56% +6.52%
Libertarian Rupert Boneham 101,868 3.95% +1.83%
Independent Donnie Harold Harris (write-in) 21 0.00% N/A
Total votes '2,577,329' '100.0%' N/A
Republican hold


  1. ^ Catanese, David (May 5, 2011). "Pence announces for governor". Politico. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Schneider, Mary Beth (February 24, 2012). "Election panel votes 3-1 to block Wallace from GOP primary". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Indiana Primary Election, May 8, 2012-United States Senator". Secretary of State of Indiana. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Rader, Kevin (May 16, 2011). "Former speaker Gregg to run for Indiana governor". WTHR. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "'Survivor's' Rupert Boneham Announces He'll Run for Governor of Indiana". The Hollywood Reporter. October 22, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Rupert Receives Libertarian Nomination". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Kelly, Niki (May 21, 2012). "Pence names running mate". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence chooses running mate". WXIN. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Shella, Jim (May 21, 2012). "Gregg to name Sen. Simpson as running mate". WISH-TV. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  10. ^ Rodgers, Lauren (May 7, 2012). "State executive primary preview: No surprises in Indiana tomorrow". Ballotnews. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "2012 Governor Race Ratings for November 1, 2012". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "PROJECTION: OBAMA WILL LIKELY WIN SECOND TERM". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "2012 Gubernatorial Ratings". Gubernatorial Ratings. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "2012 Elections Map - 2012 Governor Races". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Election Results". November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012.

External links

Campaign websites (archived)
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