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United States presidential election in Indiana, 2012

United States presidential election in Indiana, 2012

November 6, 2012

Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 1,420,543 1,152,887
Percentage 54.13% 43.93%

County Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Barack Obama

The 2012 United States presidential election in Indiana took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Indiana 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. Romney and Ryan carried Indiana with 54.1% of the popular vote to Obama's and Biden's 43.9%, thus winning the state's 11 electoral votes.[1]

Indiana was one of just two states (along with North Carolina) which had been won by Obama in 2008 but which flipped to the Republicans in 2012. Although the state normally leans Republican, in 2008 Obama had been the first Democrat to win Indiana since 1964, albeit by a narrow 1.03% margin. However, unlike North Carolina, Indiana was not seriously contested again by the Obama campaign in 2012, and consequently Romney was able to carry it by a relatively comfortable 10.20%.


  • Democratic primary 1
  • Republican primary 2
  • Campaign 3
  • Results 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Democratic primary

Republican primary

Indiana Republican primary, 2012

May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)

Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 29 0
Popular vote 410,635 98,487
Percentage 64.61% 15.50%

Results by county. Orange indicates a win by Romney.

The Republican primary took place on May 8, 2012.[2][3]

Indiana Republican primary, 2012[4]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
Mitt Romney 410,635 64.61% 28 27
Ron Paul 98,487 15.50%
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 85,332 13.43%
Newt Gingrich (withdrawn) 41,135 6.47%
Unprojected delegates: 18 19 46
Total: 635,589 100.00% 46 46 46


Incumbent Obama didn't visit Indiana although first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton stumped in the state. Meanwhile, the Romney campaign sensed victory in the state, and he visited Indiana several times.[5]


United States presidential election in Indiana, 2012[6]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 1,420,543 54.13% 11
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 1,152,887 43.93% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 50,111 1.91% 0
Green (Write-in) Jill Stein (Write-in) Cheri Honkala 625 0.02% 0
Constitution (Write-in) Virgil Goode (Write-in) Jim Clymer 290 0.01% 0
America's Party (Write-in) Thomas Hoefling (Write-in) Jonathan D. Ellis 35 0.00% 0
Socialist (Write-in) Stewart Alexander (Write-in) Alex Mendoza 17 0.00% 0
Write-Ins Write-Ins 10 0.00% 0
Unaffiliated (Write-in) Jill Ann Reed (Write-in) Tom Cary 8 0.00% 0
Independent (Write-in) Randall Terry (Write-in) Missy Smith 8 0.00% 0
Totals 2,624,534 100.00% 11

Following Romney's win in Indiana, The Indianapolis Star said that "Voters painted Indiana bright red on Tuesday- with a splash or so of blue" and that "voters also proved that while this state is conservative, it doesn't like to stray too far from the middle".[7]

The following people were delegate electors for Romney-Ryan in the Indiana Republican Party:

  • Charles Williams, of Valparaiso
  • William Ruppel, of North Manchester
  • Steve Shine, of Fort Wayne
  • Beverly Bush, of Kirklin
  • Kyle Hupfer, of Pendleton
  • Susan Lightle, of Greenfield
  • Pearl Swanigan, of Indianapolis
  • William Springer, of Sullivan
  • Jamey Noel, of Jeffersonville
  • Robert Grand, of Indianapolis
  • Eric Holcomb, of Indianapolis

See also


  1. ^ "2012 Presidential Election - Indiana". Politico. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar".  
  3. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates".  
  4. ^ Secretary of State election results. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Hoosiers go for Romney; Obama fails to repeat his narrow win here in '08".  
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Analysis: Hoosiers back Republicans but want them in the middle".

External links

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