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United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2012

United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2012

November 6, 2012

Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 15 0
Popular vote 2,270,395 2,178,391
Percentage 50.39% 48.35%

County Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Barack Obama

The 2012 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. North Carolina voters chose 15 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.

On election day, Mitt Romney narrowly carried the state of North Carolina, winning 50.39% of the vote to Barack Obama's 48.35%, a margin of 2.04%. North Carolina was one of just two states (along with Indiana) which flipped from voting for Obama in 2008 to voting Republican in 2012. Like Indiana, North Carolina had been a reliably Republican state prior to Obama's 2008 win, having not previously gone Democratic since 1976. Unlike Indiana, however, North Carolina was still considered a competitive swing state in 2012, and both campaigns targeted it heavily, with the Democrats even holding their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Despite Obama's loss, the closeness of the race suggests North Carolina will likely remain a vital swing state in future elections.


  • Primary Elections 1
    • Democratic primary 1.1
    • Republican primary 1.2
  • General Election 2
    • Overview 2.1
    • By county 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Primary Elections

Democratic primary

The 2012 North Carolina Democratic primary was held May 8, 2012. North Carolina awarded 157 delegates proportionally.[1]

No candidate ran against incumbent Pres. Barack Obama in North Carolina's Democratic presidential preference primary. Obama received 766,079 votes, or 79.23% of the vote, with the remainder (200,810 votes, or 20.77%) going to elect delegates with "No Preference."[1]

At the North Carolina Democratic state convention, 152 delegates were awarded to Barack Obama, with 5 delegates remaining unannounced.[1]

Democratic Primary Election in NC[1]
Candidate Votes Percentage Awarded Delegates
Barack Obama 766,079 79.23% 152
No Preference 200,810 20.77%
Unannounced 5
Totals 966,889 100.00% 157

Republican primary

Republican presidential primary in North Carolina, 2012

May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)

Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 36 6
Popular vote 638,601 108,217
Percentage 65.62% 11.12%

Results by county. Orange indicates a win by Romney.

The 2012 North Carolina Republican primary was held May 8, 2012.[2][3] North Carolina awarded 55 delegates proportionally.[4] Ron Paul and Mitt Romney were the only active contenders on the ballot.

Romney won the North Carolina GOP Presidential primary with 65.62% of the vote. Paul (with 11.12% of the vote) narrowly edged out Santorum (with 10.39% of the vote), and Gingrich came in last with only 7.64% of the vote. 5.23% of voters registered "no preference". The awarded delegate count from North Carolina's Republican state convention was Romney with 48 delegates and Paul with 7 delegates.[4]

Republican Primary Election in NC[4]
Candidate Votes Percentage Awarded Delegates
Mitt Romney 638,601 65.62% 48
Ron Paul 108,217 11.12% 7
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 101,093 10.39%
Newt Gingrich (withdrawn) 74,367 7.64%
No Preference 50,928 5.23%
Totals 973,206 100.00% 55

General Election


United States presidential election in North Carolina, 2012[5]
Party Candidate Running mateS Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 2,270,395 50.39% 15
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 2,178,391 48.35% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 44,515 0.99% 0
Others (write-in) 12,071 0.27% 0
Totals 4,505,372 100.00% 15
Voter turnout (registered voters) 67.74%
North Carolina 2012 Presidential Election by Voting District

By county[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "North Carolina Democrat". The Green Papers. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar".  
  3. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates".  
  4. ^ a b c "North Carolina Republican". The Green Papers. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "North Carolina State Board of Elections". Retrieved November 14, 2012. 

External links

  • North Carolina State Board of Elections
  • North Carolina Democratic Party
  • North Carolina Republican Party
  • The Green Papers: for North Carolina
  • The Green Papers: Major state elections in chronological order
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