2012 United States presidential election

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The 2012 United States presidential election was the 57th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.wikipedia
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Mitt Romney

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They defeated the Republican ticket of businessman and former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Candidates with considerable name recognition who entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the early stages of the primary campaign included U.S. Representative and former Libertarian nominee Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who co-chaired John McCain's campaign in 2008, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the runner-up for the nomination in the 2008 cycle, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Another debate took place a month later, with Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann participating, and Gary Johnson excluded.
He previously served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

Paul Ryan

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They defeated the Republican ticket of businessman and former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
He was also the 2012 vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party, running unsuccessfully alongside Mitt Romney.

Barack Obama

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The Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term.
After winning re-election by defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013.

2012 Republican Party presidential primaries

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The Republicans experienced a competitive primary.
The national convention then selected its nominee to run for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election.

Joe Biden

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The Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term.
Obama and Biden were re-elected in 2012.

Blue wall (politics)

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Obama did not hold onto Indiana and North Carolina, but crucially won the entire blue wall and defeated Romney in other swing states the Republicans had held in 2000 and 2004, the largest of which being Florida and Ohio, giving Obama a clear path to victory.
"Blue wall" is a term used by political pundits to refer to 18 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that the Democratic Party consistently won in presidential elections between 1992 and 2012.

Democratic Party (United States)

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The Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term.
In the 2012 elections, President Obama was re-elected, but the party kept its minority in the House of Representatives and in 2014 the party lost control of the Senate for the first time since 2006.

2012 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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Obama did not hold onto Indiana and North Carolina, but crucially won the entire blue wall and defeated Romney in other swing states the Republicans had held in 2000 and 2004, the largest of which being Florida and Ohio, giving Obama a clear path to victory.
Interestingly, while Obama lost North Carolina to Romney, he [Obama] received more votes than he had received in 2008, garnering 35,740 more votes in 2012.

Republican Party (United States)

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They defeated the Republican ticket of businessman and former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Obama and Biden won re-election in 2012, defeating a Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket.

Ron Paul

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Candidates with considerable name recognition who entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the early stages of the primary campaign included U.S. Representative and former Libertarian nominee Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who co-chaired John McCain's campaign in 2008, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the runner-up for the nomination in the 2008 cycle, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The first debate took place on May 5, 2011, in Greenville, South Carolina, with businessman Herman Cain, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum participating.
On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012.

Gary Johnson

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The first debate took place on May 5, 2011, in Greenville, South Carolina, with businessman Herman Cain, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum participating.
He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections.

Michele Bachmann

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Another debate took place a month later, with Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann participating, and Gary Johnson excluded.
Bachmann was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, winning the Ames Straw Poll in August 2011 but dropping out in January 2012 after finishing in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses.

Rick Perry

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As a result, a number of potential "anti-Romney" candidates were put forward, including future President Donald Trump, former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Texas Governor Rick Perry, the last of whom decided to run in August 2011.
Perry ran unsuccessfully for the nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and 2016.

Tim Pawlenty

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Candidates with considerable name recognition who entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the early stages of the primary campaign included U.S. Representative and former Libertarian nominee Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who co-chaired John McCain's campaign in 2008, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the runner-up for the nomination in the 2008 cycle, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The first debate took place on May 5, 2011, in Greenville, South Carolina, with businessman Herman Cain, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum participating.
After withdrawing from that race, he became a finalist to join his party's nominee on the 2012 ticket as its vice presidential candidate.

1944 United States presidential election

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Obama was the first incumbent since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944 to win reelection with fewer electoral votes and a lower popular vote percentage than had been won in the previous election, and was also the first two-term president since Ronald Reagan to win both his presidential bids with a majority of the nationwide popular vote.
As he had in 1940, Roosevelt won re-election with a lower percentage of both the electoral vote and the popular vote than he had received in the prior elections—the second of only three American presidents to do so, preceded by James Madison in 1812 and followed by Barack Obama in 2012.

Libertarian Party (United States)

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Around the same time, Johnson, who had been able to get into only one other debate, withdrew to seek the Libertarian Party nomination.
Gary Johnson, the party's presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016, states that the Libertarian Party is more culturally liberal than Democrats, and more fiscally conservative than Republicans.

Fred Karger

His unsuccessful candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2012 US Presidential election made him the first openly gay presidential candidate in a major political party in American history.

List of United States presidential elections by popular vote margin

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Obama defeated Romney, winning a majority of both the [[List of United States presidential elections by popular vote margin#Table of election results|popular vote]] and the Electoral College.

Jill Stein

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* Jill Stein, medical doctor from Massachusetts.
She was the Green Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections and candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.

Cheri Honkala

Cheri Lynn Honkala
Vice-presidential nominee: Cheri Honkala, social organizer, from Pennsylvania.
She was the Green Party's nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Newt Gingrich

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Candidates with considerable name recognition who entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the early stages of the primary campaign included U.S. Representative and former Libertarian nominee Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who co-chaired John McCain's campaign in 2008, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the runner-up for the nomination in the 2008 cycle, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Another debate took place a month later, with Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann participating, and Gary Johnson excluded. Romney clinched his party's nomination in May, defeating Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and several other candidates.
In late 2008, several political commentators, including Marc Ambinder in The Atlantic and Robert Novak in The Washington Post, identified Gingrich as a top presidential contender in the 2012 election, with Ambinder reporting that Gingrich was "already planting some seeds in Iowa, New Hampshire".

Jim Clymer

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Vice-presidential nominee: Jim Clymer from Pennsylvania
James N. Clymer (born May 4, 1948) is an active lawyer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was the 2012 Vice presidential nominee of the United States Constitution Party and is the former chairman of the party.

2012 Democratic National Convention

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The 2012 Democratic National Convention was a gathering, held from September 4 to September 6, 2012, at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which delegates of the Democratic Party chose the party's nominees for President and Vice President in the 2012 United States national election.

2012 Republican National Convention

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The 2012 Republican National Convention was a gathering held by the U.S. Republican Party during which delegates officially nominated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for President and Vice President, respectively, for the 2012 election.

Rocky Anderson

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* Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City and founding member of the Justice Party, from Utah.
Anderson announced his intention to run for president in 2012 as a candidate for the newly formed Justice Party.