United States presidential election in Tennessee, 2012
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2012 U.S. presidential election
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%.
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. Tennessee has not voted for a Democratic candidate since 1996.
|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|
By congressional district
Mitt Romney swept the state and carried seven of the state's nine congressional districts, all represented by Republicans. Barack Obama carried the state's two congressional districts anchored by the two largest cities of Memphis and Nashville.
|2nd||67.3%||30.9%||John J. Duncan, Jr.|
Tennessee results by county
The 2012 democratic primary in Tennessee took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012, with Barack Obama receiving 80,355 (88.5%) votes. 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.
|Tennessee Democratic primary, 2012|
|Count||Percentage||Pledged delegates||Super delegates||Total delegates|
|John Wolfe Jr. (write-in)||7||0.00%||0||0||0|
Tennessee results by county
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.
|Tennessee Republican primary, 2012|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Projected delegate count|
|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|
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- State of Tennessee Democratic presidential primary
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- Tennessee - New York Times
- Tennessee - CNN
- Tennessee - Fox News