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Super Tuesday 2012

Results From the Primaries and Caucuses on Super Tuesday


Super Tuesday is the unofficial name given to the single day in a presidential election year on which many states hold primaries and caucuses.

Super Tuesday often occurs in early February or March and draws intense voter interest and media coverage because a large number of delegates are awarded. It can make or break candidates and is seen as a major test for the presumed nominee. Super Tuesday draws as much attention as the Iowa Caucuses.

In 2012, Super Tuesday was held on March 6. Republican voters in 10 states went to the polls.

Voters in seven states took part in primaries and in voters in three states attended caucuses. Combined, those 10 states awarded 419 delegates to the Republican presidential candidates – more than a third of the magic number of 1,144 needed to secure the party’s nomination in 2012.

Also see: Complete List of Primary Dates in 2012

That no candidate had secured the nomination by Super Tuesday raised the prospect of a brokered convention.

Super Tuesday 2012 was less dramatic than the one four years earlier. In 2008, two dozen states held primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday, which was Feb. 5. More than half of the Democratic delegates and more than a third of the Republican delegates were up for grabs.

Republican voters in 2012 were choosing an opponent for Democratic President Barack Obama, who is seeking a second term in the White House.

The Republican candidates are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Romney won in six of the 10 states, including the major battleground state of Ohio. He also won in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and Massachusetts. Santorum won in three states: North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Gingrich won in his home state of Georgia. Paul did not win any states.

Super Tuesday 2012 did not result in any of the candidates securing the nomination. The race for the Republican presidential nomination continued beyond March 6, 2012.

Here's a scorecard to Super Tuesday 2012. The states are listed by delegate totals, from largest to smallest.

Georgia Primary

There were 76 delegates at stake in Georgia, making it the largest prize in the Super Tuesday delegate sweepstakes.

The state, like many in the South, is home to a large number of conservative Republican and evangelical voters. In 2008, former Baptist minister Huckabee was the top vote-getter in Georgia, though eventual nominee John McCain and Romney were not far behind. Paul finished a distant fourth with only about 3 percent of the vote.

Also see: 2012 Republican Primary Results

Gingrich, who calls Georgia home, easily won the state in 2012.

The results were:

  1. Gingrich: 47.2% or 424,976 votes
  2. Romney: 25.9% or 233,297 votes
  3. Santorum: 19.6% or 176,080 votes
  4. Paul: 6.6% or 58,982 votes

Ohio Primary

There were 63 delegates at stake in Ohio, making it the second-largest prize in the Super Tuesday delegate sweepstakes.

The results were:

  1. Romney: 37.9% or 456,513 votes
  2. Santorum: 37.1% or 446,225 votes
  3. Gingrich: 14.6% or 175,554 votes
  4. Paul: 9.2% or 111,238 votes

Romney fared poorly in the 2008 Republican primary here, getting only 3.3 percent of the vote. McCain won Ohio easily, with about 60 percent.

Ohio is a key state in both the presidential primaries and elections because it holds a large number of delegates and electoral votes.

Ohio is also a battleground state, meaning both the Republican and Democratic nominees can win it in the fall election.

Republican George W. Bush narrowly won Ohio in both 2000 and 2004, but Obama carried the state by more than 200,000 votes or 4 percentage points in 2008.

Tennessee Primary

There were 55 delegates at stake in Tennessee. In 2008, Romney finished third in the state behind Huckabee and McCain. He got about 24 percent of the vote. Paul finished fourth with less than 6 percent.

The results were:

  1. Santorum: 37.2% or 205,012 votes
  2. Romney: 28.% 154,911 votes
  3. Gingrich: 23.9% or 132,072 votes
  4. Paul: 9% or 49,801 votes

Virginia Primary

There were 46 delegates at stake in Virginia. Neither Santorum nor Gingrich was on the ballot in this state.

The results were:

  1. Romney: 59.5% or 158,051 votes
  2. Paul: 40.5% or 107,470 votes

Oklahoma Primary

There were 40 delegates at stake in Oklahoma.

The results were:

  1. Santorum: 33.8% or 96,759 votes
  2. Romney: 28% or 80,291 votes
  3. Gingrich: 27.5% or 78,686 votes
  4. Paul: 9.6% or 27,572 votes

Massachusetts Primary

There were 38 delegates at stake in Massachusetts. Romney served one term as the state's governor, from 2003 until 2007, and is expected to win the primary.

The results were:

  1. Romney: 72.2% or 265,110 votes
  2. Santorum: 12% or 44,255 votes
  3. Paul: 9.5% or 35,037 votes
  4. Gingrich: 4.6% or 16,990 votes

Idaho Caucuses

There were 32 delegates at stake in Idaho. McCain won the 2008 caucuses by a wide margin.

The results were:

  1. Romney: 61.6% or 27,514 votes
  2. Santorum: 18.2% or 8,115 votes
  3. Paul: 18.1% or 8,086 votes
  4. Gingrich: 2.1% or 940 votes

North Dakota Caucuses

There were 28 delegates at stake in North Dakota.

The results were:

  1. Santorum: 39.7% or 4,510 votes
  2. Paul: 28.1% or 3,186 votes
  3. Romney: 23.7% or 2,691 votes
  4. Gingrich: 8.5% or 962 votes

Alaska Caucuses

There were 24 delegates to the Republican National Convention at stake in Alaska, making it the second-smallest prize on Super Tuesday.

The results were:

  1. Romney: 32.4% or 4,285 votes
  2. Santorum: 29.2% or 3,860 votes
  3. Paul: 24% or 3,175 votes
  4. Gingrich: 14.1% or 1,865 votes

Romney was the top vote-getter here in his unsuccessful 2008 bid for the nomination. He got nearly 44 percent of the vote, more than double the second-place finisher, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Vermont Primary

There were 17 delegates at stake in Vermont, the smallest prize on Super Tuesday 2012.

The results were:

  1. Romney: 39.7% or 23,965 votes
  2. Paul: 25.5% or 15,369 votes
  3. Santorum: 23.7% or 14,273 votes
  4. Gingrich: 8.2% or 4,944 votes

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