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2012 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

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2012 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

← 2008 November 6, 2012 2016 →
 
President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop.jpg
Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 8.jpg
Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 1,921,290 1,188,314
Percentage 60.65% 37.51%

Massachusetts Presidential Election Results 2012.svg
County Results
Obama
  40-50%
  50–60%
  60-70%
  70-80%


2012 Presidential election in Massachusetts voting results by municipality.svg
Municipality Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Massachusetts took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 United States presidential 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 60.65% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 37.51%, thus winning the state's 11 electoral votes by a 23.14% margin of victory, despite Massachusetts being Romney's home state and he had been governor of the state from 2003 to 2007.[1] This was the first time a presidential candidate lost his home state since Al Gore lost Tennessee in the 2000 election. Romney also became the first Republican candidate to lose their home state since Richard Nixon lost his home state of New York to Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

Massachusetts had been a Democratic-leaning state since 1928, and a Democratic stronghold since 1960, and has kept up its intense level of the sizable Democratic margins since 1996, even fending off one of the state's own former governors, Mitt Romney. Massachusetts has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 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. Consequently, Romney became the first candidate since Theodore Roosevelt one hundred years earlier to claim an electoral vote yet win no county in his home state.[a] The 2012 election also marks the third consecutive instance where a major party's presidential candidate who considered Massachusetts as his home state lost (this also happened in 1988 and 2004 when Michael Dukakis and John Kerry respectively lost their bids). Romney also became the first major party nominee to lose their home state by twenty or more points in 80 years (this feat would be repeated in 2016 when Donald Trump lost New York state to Hillary Clinton).

The 2012 presidential election marks the most recent cycle that Romney would stand for public office as a resident of Massachusetts. He would be on the ballot again in 2018, but as a candidate for United States Senator from Utah.

This election, Massachusetts weighed in as 0.02 percent more Democratic than California and 5.04 percent more Republican than New York. As of the 2020 election, this is the last election Massachusetts voted more Republican than New York. Despite Romney's expected wide loss, this is to date the best performance the Republican presidential candidate has had in Massachusetts since George H.W. Bush was the most recent Republican nominee to both garner over 40% of the state's popular vote, while winning at least one of the states counties in 1988 too. Romney outperformed George W. Bush's vote share in 2004 by 0.73%, while Obama underperformed John Kerry's vote share by 1.29%.

Primaries

Democratic

2012 Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary

← 2008 March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06) 2016 →
 
President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop.jpg
Candidate Barack Obama
Party Democratic
Home state Illinois
Delegate count 110
Popular vote 127,909
Percentage 86.50%

Massachusetts Demcoratic Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2012.svg
Massachusetts results by county
  Barack Obama

Incumbent president Barack Obama won the Democratic Primary with 81% of the vote.[2][3] 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 110 pledged delegates, which were pledged to vote for him at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina (the state also had 26 superdelegates).[3]

Massachusetts Democratic primary, 2012[2][3]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Barack Obama 127,909 86.50% 110
No preference 16,075 10.87% 0
Write-ins 3,889 2.63% 0
Totals 147,873 100.00% 110

Republican

2012 Massachusetts Republican presidential primary

← 2008 March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06) 2016 →
 
Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 8.jpg
Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ron Paul by Gage Skidmore 3 (crop 2).jpg
Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania Texas
Delegate count 38 0 0
Popular vote 266,313 44,564 35,219
Percentage 71.89% 12.03% 9.51%

Massachusetts Republican Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2012.svg
Massachusetts results by county
  Mitt Romney

The 2012 Massachusetts Republican presidential primary was held on March 6, 2012.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Massachusetts Republican primary, 2012[8]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
AP CNN
[9]
FOX
[10]
Mitt Romney 266,313 71.89% - 38 38
Rick Santorum 44,564 12.03% - 0 0
Ron Paul 35,219 9.51% - 0 0
Newt Gingrich 16,991 4.59% - 0 0
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
No preference 1,793 0.48% - 0 0
Blanks 818 0.22% - 0 0
Others 613 0.17% - 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 41 3 3
Total: 370,425 100.00% 41 41 41

Green-Rainbow

2012 Massachusetts Green-Rainbow presidential primary

← 2008 March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06) 2016 →
 
Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore (1).jpg
Kent Mesplay by Gage Skidmore (1).jpg
3x4.svg
Candidate Jill Stein Kent Mesplay Harley Mikkelson
Party Green Green Green
Home state Massachusetts California
Delegate count 8 1 1
Popular vote 1,018 89 84
Percentage 67.06% 5.86% 5.53%

The 2012 Massachusetts Green-Rainbow presidential primary was held on March 6, 2012.

Massachusetts Green-Rainbow primary, 2012[11]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Jill Stein 1,018 67.06% 8
No preference 232 15.28% 2
Kent Mesplay 89 5.86% 1
Harley Mikkelson 84 5.53% 1
Write-ins 95 6.26% 0
Totals 1,518 100.00% 11

General election

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian

Results

2012 United States presidential election in Massachusetts[12]
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
Others Others 6,552 0.21% 0
Totals 3,167,767 100.00% 11

By county

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Barnstable 52.99% 70,822 45.23% 60,446 1.39% 1,847 133,115
Berkshire 75.34% 48,843 21.98% 14,252 2.16% 1,391 64,486
Bristol 58.74% 142,962 38.52% 93,752 1.99% 4,795 241,509
Dukes 72.34% 7,978 25.32% 2,792 1.81% 198 10,968
Essex 57.13% 210,302 40.88% 150,480 1.52% 5,575 366,357
Franklin 71.19% 27,072 24.57% 9,344 3.55% 1,342 37,758
Hampden 61.23% 123,619 36.35% 73,392 1.69% 3,388 200,399
Hampshire 69.77% 57,359 26.13% 21,480 3.41% 2,782 81,621
Middlesex 62.29% 471,804 35.30% 267,321 1.99% 15,045 754,170
Nantucket 62.33% 3,830 35.59% 2,187 1.68% 103 6,120
Norfolk 56.58% 202,714 41.42% 148,393 1.52% 5,416 356,523
Plymouth 51.16% 131,845 46.98% 121,086 1.40% 3,600 256,531
Suffolk 77.03% 223,896 20.64% 59,999 1.80% 5,203 289,098
Worcester 53.45% 198,244 44.06% 163,390 2.03% 7,478 369,112

See also

Notes

  1. ^ James B. Weaver, the Populist candidate in 1892, is the only other case since before the Civil War: he won five states but no county in his home state of Iowa.

References

  1. ^ "2012 Presidential Election – Massachusetts". Politico. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "PD43+ » 2012 President Democratic Primary". PD43+. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Massachusetts Democratic Delegation 2012". www.thegreenpapers.com. The Green Papers. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Boston Globe (March 4, 2012). "2012 Massachusetts Republican Presidential Primary results". Boston Globe. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleres/repprim12.pdf
  9. ^ Massachusetts – CNN
  10. ^ "Massachusetts – Fox News". Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  11. ^ "PD43+ » 2012 President Green-Rainbow Primary". PD43+. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Massachusetts Secretary of State". Retrieved 2012-11-30.

External links

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