2012 United States presidential election in Montana

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2012 United States presidential election in Montana

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Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 267,928 201,839
Percentage 55.35% 41.70%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Montana took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 United States presidential election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Montana voters chose three 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 carried Montana with 55.35% of the vote to Obama's 41.70%, with a 13.65% margin of victory. Montana was the second-best state performance for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, carrying about 3% of the vote.

Romney performed much better than John McCain had in 2008, when he narrowly won over Obama with only a 2.38% margin of victory. Romney also won over five counties that voted for Obama in 2008. Most of the counties Obama won were either majority Native American (such as Big Horn, Blaine, Glacier, and Roosevelt) or have some of Montana's most populous cities and towns, such as Missoula County (containing its namesake city, the second largest in the state and home of the University of Montana) and Silver Bow County (home to Butte and Montana Tech). As of 2020 this is the last time a Republican won Gallatin County and the Democrats won Hill County and Roosevelt County.

Republican primary[edit]

2012 Montana Republican caucuses

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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Texas Pennsylvania

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Montana results by county
  Mitt Romney
(Note: Italicization indicates a withdrawn candidacy)


Members of the Montana delegation at the 2012 Republican National Convention

The Republican caucuses took place on June 14 to 16, 2012 as the Montana state convention. Ten days before, the state delegates were selected by the central committee in each county[1][2][3] 23 delegates were to have been chosen, for a total of 26 delegates to go to the national convention. Prior to selecting delegates, a non-binding primary election was held June 5, 2012. Results were announced before the Republican National Convention in August.

2012 Montana Republican primary[4]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 96,121 68.4%
Ron Paul 20,227 14.4%
Rick Santorum 12,546 8.9%
Newt Gingrich 6,107 4.3%
No Preference 5,456 3.9%
Unpledged delegates: 25
Total: 140,457 26
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

General election[edit]

The Republican ticket won by a margin of 13.65%

U.S. presidential election in Montana, 2012[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mitt Romney 267,928 55.35
Democratic Barack Obama 201,839 41.70
Libertarian Gary Johnson 14,165 2.93
Others Others 116 0.02
Total votes 484,048 100.0

By county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Beaverhead 28.49% 1,371 68.35% 3,289 3.16% 152 4,812
Big Horn 62.30% 2,882 36.04% 1,667 1.66% 77 4,626
Blaine 56.52% 1,616 41.20% 1,178 2.27% 65 2,859
Broadwater 25.37% 764 71.47% 2,152 3.16% 95 3,011
Carbon 36.71% 2,146 60.43% 3,533 2.86% 167 5,846
Carter 12.09% 96 85.39% 678 2.52% 20 794
Cascade 44.07% 15,232 53.08% 18,345 2.86% 987 34,564
Chouteau 34.67% 978 62.32% 1,758 3.01% 85 2,821
Custer 34.17% 1,833 62.87% 3,373 2.96% 159 5,365
Daniels 23.54% 237 73.49% 740 2.98% 30 1,007
Dawson 27.56% 1,219 68.48% 3,029 3.96% 175 4,423
Deer Lodge 64.13% 2,860 32.47% 1,448 3.41% 152 4,460
Fallon 16.87% 237 80.28% 1,128 2.85% 40 1,405
Fergus 27.01% 1,640 70.12% 4,257 2.87% 174 6,071
Flathead 31.95% 13,892 65.11% 28,309 2.93% 1,275 43,476
Gallatin 45.86% 21,961 50.87% 24,358 3.26% 1,563 47,882
Garfield 09.43% 66 88.86% 622 1.71% 12 700
Glacier 65.68% 2,924 31.78% 1,415 2.54% 113 4,452
Golden Valley 22.96% 110 73.28% 351 3.76% 18 479
Granite 31.26% 533 64.93% 1,107 3.81% 65 1,705
Hill 49.90% 3,403 46.39% 3,164 3.71% 253 6,820
Jefferson 34.85% 2,272 62.19% 4,055 2.96% 193 6,520
Judith Basin 27.74% 337 70.29% 854 1.98% 24 1,215
Lake 43.63% 5,805 53.63% 7,135 2.74% 364 13,304
Lewis and Clark 46.88% 15,620 50.43% 16,803 2.69% 895 33,318
Liberty 26.01% 257 71.05% 702 2.94% 29 988
Lincoln 28.71% 2,552 68.14% 6,057 3.15% 280 8,889
Madison 28.45% 1,289 69.09% 3,130 2.45% 111 4,530
McCone 22.46% 223 75.03% 745 2.52% 25 993
Meagher 27.67% 269 68.93% 670 3.4% 33 972
Mineral 34.71% 700 60.29% 1,216 5.01% 101 2,017
Missoula 57.39% 32,824 39.61% 22,652 3.% 1,716 57,192
Musselshell 20.44% 492 76.15% 1,833 3.41% 82 2,407
Park 43.15% 3,783 53.71% 4,709 3.15% 276 8,768
Petroleum 16.44% 49 80.54% 240 3.02% 9 298
Phillips 21.14% 471 75.76% 1,688 3.1% 69 2,228
Pondera 35.86% 975 61.53% 1,673 2.61% 71 2,719
Powder River 16.55% 170 81.11% 833 2.34% 24 1,027
Powell 31.99% 888 65.06% 1,806 2.95% 82 2,776
Prairie 23.76% 167 73.97% 520 2.28% 16 703
Ravalli 32.81% 7,285 64.43% 14,307 2.77% 614 22,206
Richland 21.57% 1,002 75.57% 3,510 2.86% 133 4,645
Roosevelt 56.81% 2,086 41.23% 1,514 1.96% 72 3,672
Rosebud 40.36% 1,422 56.88% 2,004 2.75% 97 3,523
Sanders 29.15% 1,720 67.45% 3,980 3.41% 201 5,901
Sheridan 34.49% 665 62.60% 1,207 2.9% 56 1,928
Silver Bow 64.79% 10,857 32.41% 5,430 2.8% 469 16,756
Stillwater 26.54% 1,248 70.97% 3,337 2.49% 117 4,702
Sweet Grass 22.44% 475 75.30% 1,594 2.27% 48 2,117
Teton 32.98% 1,082 64.40% 2,113 2.62% 86 3,281
Toole 27.69% 582 68.51% 1,440 3.81% 80 2,102
Treasure 25.05% 114 70.11% 319 4.84% 22 455
Valley 35.89% 1,385 60.56% 2,337 3.55% 137 3,859
Wheatland 27.42% 272 69.86% 693 2.72% 27 992
Wibaux 18.01% 98 77.39% 421 4.6% 25 544
Yellowstone 38.37% 26,403 58.86% 40,500 2.77% 1,904 68,807

Counties that flipped from Democratic to Republican[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MT-R#0614
  4. ^ unofficial election results Archived 2014-10-21 at the Wayback Machine. Secretary of State. June 22, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  5. ^ http://electionresults.sos.mt.gov/resultsCTY.aspx?type=FED&rid=450001349&osn=100&map=CTY

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