United States presidential election, 2012


United States presidential election, 2012
United States presidential election, 2012
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The United States presidential election of 2012 is the next United States presidential election, to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the President and the Vice President of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Barack Obama, who is eligible for a second and final term as President, has announced that he will seek nomination to be the Democratic Party's candidate in this election.[1]

The 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where 33 races will be occurring as well as the United States House of Representatives elections to elect the members for the 113th Congress. The election will also encompass eleven gubernatorial races as well as many state legislature races.

Contents

Electoral College changes

A graphic representation of gains and losses in the 2012 electoral college. Orange indicates losses, and blue indicates gains.

The 2010 Census changed the Electoral College vote apportionment for the Presidential elections from 2012 to 2020 in the states listed below and mapped right.[2]

States won by Democrats
in 2000, 2004, and 2008

  • Illinois −1
  • Massachusetts −1
  • Michigan −1
  • New Jersey −1
  • New York −2
  • Pennsylvania −1
  • Washington +1

States won by Republicans
in 2000, 2004, and 2008

  • Arizona +1
  • Georgia +1
  • Louisiana −1
  • Missouri −1
  • South Carolina +1
  • Texas +4
  • Utah +1

Remaining states

  • Florida +2
  • Iowa −1
  • Nevada +1
  • Ohio −2

Eight States (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington) gained votes, due to reapportionment based on the 2010 Census. Similarly ten States (Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania) lost votes.

In the political climate of 2011, this would give the Democratic Party a net loss of six electoral votes in states won by Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama in the past three presidential elections, rendering the party a national total of 242. Conversely, the Republican Party will achieve a net gain of six electoral votes in states won by George W. Bush and John McCain in the past three presidential elections, rendering the GOP a national total of 181. Votes allocated to remaining states (i.e., those where the majority voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates during the last three presidential elections) remain unchanged from the national total of 115.

In 2011, several states enacted new laws that the Democratic Party attacked as attempts to improve the Republican Party's presidential prospects. Florida, Georgia, Ohio,[3] Tennessee and West Virginia made their early voting periods shorter. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from voting. Kansas, South Carolina,[4] Tennessee, Texas[5] and Wisconsin[6] began requiring voters to identify themselves with government-issued IDs before they could cast their ballots. Barack Obama, the NAACP, and the Democratic Party fought against many of the new state laws,[7] and Bill Clinton denounced it, saying, "There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today".[8] He said the moves would effectively disenfranchise core voter blocs that trend liberal, college students, Blacks, and Latinos.[9][10] Rolling Stone magazine criticized the American Legislative Exchange Council for lobbying in states to bring about these laws.[7] The Obama campaign fought against the Ohio law, pushing for a petition and statewide referendum to repeal it in time for the 2012 election.[11]

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania proposed a bold new plan that would change its representation in the electoral college from a winner-take-all model to a district-by-district model.[12] The Governorship and both houses of its congress were Republican-controlled, and the move was seen as an affront to Obama's re-election.[13][14][15]

Party conventions

Charlotte is located in United States
Charlotte
Tampa
Nashville
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Cullman
Sites of the 2012 National Party Conventions (new)

Candidates

The following are individuals who have either formally announced that they are running for president in 2012 and/or have filed as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), or have formed an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run in 2012.

Democratic Party

Formally declared candidates:

Candidates gallery

Other candidates

Republican Party

Formally declared candidates:

Withdrawn candidates

Candidates gallery

Other candidates

These candidates are or were running for president, but were not invited to the debates.

Third party and independent

Green Party

Withdrawn candidates:

Libertarian Party

Prohibition Party

  • Jack Fellure (nominee), Perennial candidate from West Virginia.[93][94]
  • James Hedges, Prohibition activist and former Thompson Township Tax Assessor from Pennsylvania[95][96]

Socialist Party USA

Independent

Prospective candidates

The following are individuals who are or have been the subject of speculation in prominent media sources as being possible presidential contenders in the 2012 election. The speculation may stem from noted media analysts and commentators, or from actions or comments made by the individuals themselves — which suggest the possibility of a presidential run — as reported in reliable media sources.

Constitution Party

Libertarian Party

Independent

See also

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