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United States presidential election in Connecticut, 2012

United States presidential election in Connecticut, 2012

November 6, 2012

 
Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 7 0
Popular vote 905,083 634,892
Percentage 58.06% 40.73%

County results
  Obama—60-70%
  Obama—50-60%
  Romney—50-60%

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Connecticut took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Connecticut voters chose seven 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 carried Connecticut with 58.1% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 40.7%, thus winning the state's seven electoral votes.[1]

Contents

  • General election 1
    • Results 1.1
    • Results By County 1.2
  • Democratic primary 2
  • Republican primary 3
    • Process 3.1
    • Opinion polling 3.2
    • Results 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

General election

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice

Write-In Candidate Access:

  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Raymond Sizemore/Vicki Tomalin, Independent

Results

United States presidential election in Connecticut, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 905,083 58.06% 7
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 634,892 40.73% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 12,580 0.81% 0
Justice Rocky Anderson Luis J. Rodriguez 5,487 0.35% 0
Green (Write-in) Jill Stein (Write-in) Cheri Honkala 863 0.06% 0
American Independent (Write-in) Thomas Hoefling (Write-in) Jonathan D. Ellis 25 0.00% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 25 0.00% 0
Socialist Workers (Write-in) James Harris (Write-in) Maura DeLuca 5 0.00% 0
Totals 1,558,960 100.00% 7

Results By County

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Fairfield 54.86% 217,294 44.22% 175,168 0.92% 3,654 396,116
Hartford 62.40% 244,639 36.54% 143,238 1.06% 4,142 392,019
Litchfield 47.51% 43,856 51.13% 47,201 1.36% 1,255 92,312
Middlesex 57.32% 47,855 41.43% 34,591 1.25% 1,046 83,492
New Haven 60.69% 218,972 38.34% 138,357 0.97% 3,503 360,832
New London 58.34% 67,144 40.07% 46,119 1.59% 1,830 115,093
Tolland 55.50% 39,366 42.93% 30,450 1.57% 1,112 70,928
Windham 55.83% 25,957 42.52% 19,768 1.65% 769 46,494


Democratic primary

As Barack Obama was the only candidate to qualify, no Democratic primary was held.[2]

Republican primary

Connecticut Republican primary, 2012

April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24)

 
Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas Georgia
Delegate count 25 0 0
Popular vote 40,171 8,032 6,135
Percentage 67.4% 13.5% 10.3%

Results by county. Orange indicates a county won by Romney.

The 2012 Connecticut Republican presidential primary took place on April 24, 2012.[3] It was a closed primary, open only to Republican electors. Twenty-five of the state's 28 delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention were decided by the primary outcome, with the other three being superdelegates: the state party chairman and the state's two Republican National Committee representatives.

Mitt Romney won the primary by a wide margin, garnering two-thirds of the vote. Only 14.4 percent of active registered Republicans participated in the primary, the lowest turnout since the primary format was put in place in the state in 1980.[4]

Process

After switching from proportional distribution of delegates to a winner-take-all system in 1996,[5] the Connecticut Republican Party voted in September 2011 to award delegates by a hybrid winner-take-all and proportional distribution process beginning with the 2012 primary. Of the 25 regular delegates at stake in the primary, the party called for three delegates to be awarded to the winner of each of the state's five congressional districts on a winner-take-all basis for a total of 15 delegates. The remaining 10 would be distributed proportionally based on the statewide vote total among candidates receiving at least 20 percent support unless a candidate won a majority of the statewide vote, in which case the candidate would receive all 10 of these delegates.[6][5]

With Romney's primary day wins in all five congressional districts and a majority of the statewide vote, he was able to claim all 25 of the delegates at stake.

Opinion polling

Poll source Date 1st 2nd 3rd Other
Quinnipiac
Margin of error: ±4.7%
Sample size: 429
Mar. 14–19, 2012 Mitt Romney
42%
Rick Santorum
19%
Newt Gingrich
13%
Ron Paul 9%, Won't vote 3%, Don't know/No answer 14%
Public Policy Polling
Margin of error: ±4.9%
Sample size: 400
Sep. 22–25, 2011 Mitt Romney
25%
Rick Perry
18%
Herman Cain
10%
Newt Gingrich 10%, Ron Paul 10%, Michele Bachmann 8%, Jon Huntsman 3%, Rick Santorum 3%, Gary Johnson 1%, someone else/not sure 12%
Mitt Romney
45%
Rick Perry
36%
not sure 19%
Quinnipiac
Margin of error: ±5.4%
Sample size: 332
Sep. 8–13, 2011 Mitt Romney
37%
Rick Perry
19%
Michele Bachmann
8%
Sarah Palin 4%, Herman Cain 3%, Newt Gingrich 3%, Ron Paul 3%, Jon Huntsman 2%, Rick Santorum 1%, Thaddeus McCotter 0%, someone else/undecided 20%
Public Policy Polling
Margin of error: ±7.3%
Sample size: 180
Oct. 27–29, 2010 Mitt Romney
28%
Mike Huckabee
15%
Newt Gingrich
14%
Sarah Palin 11%, Tim Pawlenty 5%, Mike Pence 5%, Mitch Daniels 4%, John Thune 2%, someone else/undecided 18%

Results

Connecticut Republican primary, 2012[7]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 40,171 67.43% 25
Ron Paul 8,032 13.48% 0
Newt Gingrich 6,135 10.30% 0
Rick Santorum 4,072 6.83% 0
Uncommitted 1,168 1.96% 0
Unprojected delegates: 0
Total: 59,578 100% 25

Official source reports a turnout of 59,639, with the difference from 59,578 likely due to blank ballots.

Key: Suspended campaign prior to contest

See also

References

  1. ^ "Connecticut Statement of Vote". CT SoS. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Merrill: No Democratic Presidential Preference Primary in Connecticut, Only Four Candidates for Republican Ballot on April 24th" (PDF).  
  3. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates".  
  4. ^ "Merrill Releases Turnout Figure From 2012 Presidential Preference Primary, Romney Wins All 25 Delegates at Stake" (PDF).  
  5. ^ a b Vigdor, Neil (September 28, 2011). "State GOP moves away from winner-take-all presidential primary". GreenwichTime.com. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Connecticut Republican State Central Committee Rules and Bylaws" (PDF). September 27, 2011. Section 17. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Connecticut Republican Presidential Primary" (PDF).  

External links

  • The Green Papers: for Connecticut
  • The Green Papers: Major state elections in chronological order
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