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United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 2012

United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 2012

November 6, 2012

Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 279,677 157,204
Percentage 62.70% 35.24%

County Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Barack Obama

The 2012 United States presidential election in Rhode Island took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Rhode Island voters chose four 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.

Rhode Island was won by Democratic nominee and incumbent President Barack Obama by a 27.5% margin of victory. This was the seventh straight win for the Democratic Party in Rhode Island on the presidential level. It was also the seventh time in a row that the Democratic nominee for President won all five counties and the sixth consecutive time that a Republican nominee failed to brake 40% of the vote in the Ocean State.


  • General election 1
    • Overview 1.1
  • Primary elections 2
    • Democratic primary 2.1
    • Republican primary 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

General election


United States presidential election in Rhode Island, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 279,677 62.70% 4
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 157,204 35.24% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 4,388 0.98% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 2,421 0.54% 0
Others & write-in 2,359 0.53% 0
Totals 446,049 100.00% 4
Voter turnout 60.79%

Primary elections

Democratic primary

The 2012 Rhode Island Democratic primary was held April 24, 2012. Rhode Island awarded 40 delegates proportionally.

No candidate ran against incumbent Pres. Barack Obama in Rhode Island's Democratic presidential preference primary. Obama received 6,759 votes, or 83.38% of the vote, with 1,133 votes (13.98%) for uncommitted and 214 write-in votes (2.64%)

At the Rhode Island Democratic state convention held on June 21, 2012, 35 delegates were awarded to Barack Obama, with 5 delegates remaining unannounced.[2]

Rhode Island Democratic primary, 2012[2]
Candidate Votes Percentage Awarded Delegates
Barack Obama 6,759 83.38% 35
Uncommitted 1,133 13.98%
Write-in 214 2.64%
Unannounced 5
Totals 8,106 100.00% 40

Republican primary

Rhode Island 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 12 4 0
Popular vote 9,157 3,462 878
Percentage 63.2% 23.9% 6.1%

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

The Rhode Island Republican 2012 primary took place on April 24, 2012.[3] Mitt Romney received 63.2% of the vote, followed by Ron Paul (23.9%) and Newt Gingrich (6.1%).[4]

Rhode Island Republican primary, 2012[4][5]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 9,178 63.0% 12
Ron Paul 3,473 23.8% 4
Newt Gingrich 880 6.0% 0
Rick Santorum 825 5.7% 0
Uncommitted 131 0.9% 3
Buddy Roemer 40 0.3% 0
Write-in 37 0.3% 0
Unprojected delegates: 0
Total: 14,564 100% 19

See also


  1. ^ "State of Rhode Island Board of Elections". Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Rhode Island Democrat". The Green Papers. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates".  
  4. ^ a b "REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ State of Rhode Island official election results

External links

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