2012 Alabama Republican primary
Results by county. Dark green indicates a county won by Santorum, purple by Gingrich, orange by Romney. Black indicates a county tied between Santorum and Gingrich.
|Elections in Alabama|
2012 U.S. presidential election
The Alabama and Mississippi primaries were seen as a last possible point for the Newt Gingrich campaign to stay afloat in a primary season where he had only won two states up to that point; South Carolina in January and Georgia during Super Tuesday. Alabama and Mississippi were the keystones of his "Southern Strategy". Gingrich ignored other upcoming primaries to focus on campaigning in the two neighboring Gulf states.
|Alabama Republican primary, 2012|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Projected delegate count|
|Rick Perry (withdrawn)||1,867||0.30%||0||0||-|
|Michele Bachmann (withdrawn)||1,700||0.27%||0||0||-|
|Jon Huntsman (withdrawn)||1,049||0.17%||0||0||-|
Santorum won most of the counties and thus five out of seven congressional districts, especially in the northern parts including Huntsville. Gingrich did the best in the southeast, winning its 2nd congressional district. Romney won in big cities such as Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile. He was able to only win the Mobile metropolitan based 1st congressional district.
The results in Alabama, alongside those of Mississippi, effectively ended any remaining momentum for Gingrich's struggling campaign. Despite the second-place finishes in "must win" states, Newt chose to stay in the race in hopes of facilitating a brokered convention.
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