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2012 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election

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2012 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election

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Nominee Alejandro García Padilla Luis Fortuño
Party Popular Democratic New Progressive
Alliance Democratic Republican
Popular vote 896,060 884,775
Percentage 47.7% 47.1%

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Blue denotes municipalities won by Fortuño. Red denotes those won by Garcia Padilla.

Governor before election

Luis Fortuño
New Progressive

Elected Governor

Alejandro Garcia Padilla
Popular Democratic

The 2012 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2012, to elect the Governor of Puerto Rico.

The incumbent PNP Governor Luis Fortuño and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi ran for a second term during this election. Their major challengers were the PPD nominee and current Senator Alejandro García Padilla and his running mate, Rafael Cox Alomar. The election also featured four minor party candidates, being the second time in 40 years with six candidates for governor.

In the morning of November 7, 2012, Fortuño conceded the election to Alejandro García Padilla, just as the last votes were being counted.[1] However, Pierluisi retained his position as Resident Commissioner by defeating Cox Alomar.


New Progressive Party

Incumbent Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño, announced his candidacy for reelection on October 2011.[2] Former Secretary of Health, Iván González Cancel, challenged him to a primary, but the court ruled it out.[3][4]

Popular Democratic Party

Current senator Alejandro García Padilla, announced his candidacy in March 2011.[5]

Puerto Rican Independence Party

Former Electoral Commissioner Juan Dalmau Ramírez, announced his candidacy for the Puerto Rican Independence Party. On January 2012, he presented his campaign staff and government program.[6]

Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico

Rogelio Figueroa is the candidate for governor for the PPR party.[7]

Movimiento Unión Soberanista

The MUS had chosen Dr. Enrique Vázquez Quintana as candidate for governor.[8] However, on August 2012, Vázquez Quintana withdrew from the candidacy. A week later, he was replaced by Attorney Arturo Hernández, who was formerly president of the Puerto Rico Bar Association.[9] Hernández was already a candidate for the Senate of Puerto Rico.

Working People's Party

Professor Rafael Bernabe was announced as the gubernatorial candidate for the PPT on June 2012.[10]

General election campaign

The campaign of the main opposing party, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), focused mostly on the problems of crime, unemployment, and high utility costs, attributing them to the failure of the incumbent Governor, Luis Fortuño, from the New Progressive Party (PNP).[11] The PNP, on the other hand, focused mostly on the lack of experience of the PPD candidate, Alejandro García Padilla.[12]

The minority parties have directed their campaign at the inability of the main two parties to administer the country. The Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party (PPR) attacked the alleged classism and social inequality of the current government,[13] while the Working People's Party of Puerto Rico (PPT) advocated for a government more attuned to the working class.[14]


There were two official debates celebrated with all gubernatorial candidates. The first one was held on September 11, 2012 under the title of "Vota o Quédate Calla'o" ("Vote or Keep your Mouth Shut"). It was transmitted by the television network of Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez. The second debate was held on October 25, 2012 under the title of "El Gran Debate". This debate was transmitted by Telemundo and had the best TV ratings for the night with 18.7 and a 27.3% share.[15]

Election results

Puerto Rico gubernatorial election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Popular Democratic Alejandro García Padilla 896,060 47.73% +6.50%
New Progressive Luis Fortuño 884,775 47.13% -5.68%
Puerto Rican Independence Juan Dalmau Ramírez 47,331 2.52% +0.48%
Worker's People Party Rafael Bernabe 18,312 0.98% -
Movimiento Unión Soberanista Arturo Hernández 10,523 0.56% -
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Rogelio Figueroa 6,668 0.36% -2.41%
Others - 13,562 0.73% -
Majority 11,285 0.72% -10.78%
Turnout 1,877,179
Popular Democratic gain from New Progressive
Democratic gain from Republican

See also


  1. ^ "Luis Fortuño acepta su derrota". El Nuevo Día. November 7, 2012. Archived from the original on November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "Luis Fortuño anuncia su candidatura a la reelección a gobernador de Puerto Rico en 2012". WKAQ 580. October 7, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Bliss, Peggy Ann (August 1, 2011). "González Cancel launches NPP primary fight". Puerto Rico Daily Sun.
  4. ^ Cordero, Gerardo (September 5, 2012). "Sigue la espera por decisión judicial el médico Iván González Cancel". El Nuevo Día.
  5. ^ Gómez, Antonio (March 7, 2011). "Alejandro García Padilla se tira de pecho". Primera Hora. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "PIP presents campaign staff and government program". Puerto Rico Daily Sun. January 30, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Rogelio Figueroa lanza su campaña como candidato a la gobernación". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21.
  8. ^ "MUS ratifuca sus candidatos para las elecciones generales". RedBetances.
  9. ^ "MUS elige a Arturo Hernández como candidato a gobernador". El Vocero. August 12, 2012. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Rivera, Ivelisse (June 16, 2012). "Rafael Bernabe es el candidato a la gobernación por el PPT".
  11. ^ "Fortuño no ha cumplido 20 de 24 promesas sobre criminalidad". NotiCel. 2012-10-06.
  12. ^ Cordero, Gerardo and Rebecca Banuchi (October 31, 2012). "Dúo PNP ataca récord legislativo de García Padilla". El Nuevo Día.
  13. ^ Rodríguez, Israel (October 27, 2012). "Un mensaje claro y más contacto". El Nuevo Día.
  14. ^ Rivera, Aurora (November 4, 2012). "Promete el PPT que seguirá en pie de lucha". El Nuevo Día.
  15. ^ "El Gran Debate acapara la teleaudiencia". El Nuevo Día.
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