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United States presidential election in Tennessee, 2012

United States presidential election in Tennessee, 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 1,462,330 960,709
Percentage 59.48% 39.08%

County Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Barack Obama

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

Mitt Romney received Tennessee's 11 electoral votes after he garnered 59.48% of the popular vote in Tennessee, to Barack Obama's 39.08%.[1]

Much like in previous elections, larger metropolitan areas such as Memphis and Nashville were won by the Democratic Party, but rural areas overwhelmingly favored the Republican Party. Barack Obama proved especially unpopular among the state's conservative electorate; consequently, Mitt Romney's 20.4% margin of victory was the strongest Republican win in Tennessee since 1972.


  • General Election 1
    • Results 1.1
  • History 2
  • Democratic primary 3
  • Republican primary 4
    • Results 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

General Election


United States presidential election in Tennessee, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 1,462,330 59.48% 11
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 960,709 39.08% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 18,623 0.67% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 6,515 0.26% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 6,022 0.24% 0
Justice Rocky Anderson Luis J. Rodriguez 2,639 0.11% 0
American Third Position Merlin Miller Virginia D. Abernethy 1,739 0.07% 0
Totals 2,458,577 100.00% 11


In previous elections, Tennessee was typically won by the Republican party, with Republicans winning in Tennessee for the past three election cycles, since the 2000 election.[2]

Democratic primary

The 2012 democratic primary in Tennessee took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012, with Barack Obama receiving 80,355 (88.5%) votes.[3] Other candidates received a combined total of 10,411 (11.5%) votes. Tennessee had a total of 91 delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, of which 82 were pledged to presidential contenders depending on the popular vote. The remaining 9 super-delegates were unbound.

Republican primary

Tennessee Republican primary, 2012

March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)

Candidate Rick Santorum Mitt Romney
Party Republican Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Massachusetts
Delegate count 29 14
Popular vote 205,809 155,630
Percentage 37.1% 28.1%

Candidate Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Georgia Texas
Delegate count 9
Popular vote 132,889 50,156
Percentage 24.0% 9.0%

Results by county. Dark green indicates a county won by Santorum, orange by Romney, and purple by Gingrich.

The Republican primary took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012.[4][5]

Tennessee has 58 delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Three super delegates are unbound. 27 delegates are awarded by congressional district, 3 delegates for each district. If a candidate wins two-third of the vote in a district, he takes all 3 delegates there; if not, delegates are split 2-to-1 between the top two candidates. Another 28 delegates are awarded to the candidate who wins two-thirds of the vote statewide, or allocated proportionately among candidates winning at least 20% of the vote if no one gets two-thirds.[6]


Tennessee Republican primary, 2012[7]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
Rick Santorum 205,809 37.11% 29 27 26
Mitt Romney 155,630 28.06% 14 15 12
Newt Gingrich 132,889 23.96% 9 8 9
Ron Paul 50,156 9.04% 0 0 0
Rick Perry (withdrawn) 1,966 0.35% 0 0 0
Michele Bachmann (withdrawn) 1,895 0.34% 0 0 0
Jon Huntsman (withdrawn) 1,239 0.22% 0 0 0
Buddy Roemer (withdrawn) 881 0.16% 0 0 0
Gary Johnson (withdrawn) 572 0.10% 0 0 0
Uncommitted 3,536 0.64% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 6 8 9
Total: 554,573 100.00% 58 58 58

See also


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Tennessee". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Huffington Post . 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar".  
  5. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates".  
  6. ^  
  7. ^
  8. ^ Tennessee - New York Times
  9. ^ Tennessee - CNN
  10. ^ Tennessee - Fox News

External links

  • The Green Papers for Tennessee (Republican)
  • The Green Papers for Tennessee (Democratic)
  • The Green Papers: Major state elections in chronological order
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