2012 Indiana gubernatorial election
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Pence: 40–50% 50–60% 60–70%
Gregg: 40-50% 50–60% 60–70%
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for Indiana's 2nd and 6th
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The 2012 Indiana gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent governor Mitch Daniels was term-limited and unable to seek a third term. The Republican candidate, Congressman Mike Pence; the Democratic candidate, former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives John R. Gregg; and the Libertarian candidate, youth mentor, small business owner and reality TV personality, Rupert Boneham, were all unopposed in their respective primaries or conventions and contested the general election.
Removed from ballot
|Democratic||John R. Gregg||207,365||100|
- Rupert Boneham, four-time contestant on Survivor and founder of Rupert's Kids. Boneham was nominated by delegates at his party's state convention.
- Mike Pence (Republican), U.S. Representative
- John Gregg (Democratic), former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives
- Rupert Boneham (Libertarian), four-time contestant on Survivor and founder of Rupert's Kids
- Donnie Harold Harris (Public Party) (write-in)
- Running mate: George Fish
The Indiana Debate Commission organized three televised debates between Indiana Gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John R. Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.
- Debate schedule
The second debate was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana and was moderated by Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute president John Ketzenberger.
|The Cook Political Report||Likely R||November 1, 2012|
|Sabato's Crystal Ball||Likely R||November 5, 2012|
|Rothenberg Political Report||Likely R||November 2, 2012|
|Real Clear Politics||Likely R||November 5, 2012|
|Howey Politics/DePauw||October 28–30, 2012||800||± 3.5%||47%||40%||5%||—||—|
|Benenson Strategy Group||October 18–21, 2012||701||± 3.7%||44%||38%||6%||—||12%|
|YouGov||October 4–11, 2012||470||± 5.6%||49%||38%||—||—||13%|
|Howey Politics/DePauw University||September 19–23, 2012||800||± 3.5%||47%||34%||5%||—||14%|
|Market Research Insight||August 6–9, 2012||600||± 4%||50%||32%||3%||—||15%|
|Market Research Insight||March 26–27, 2012||503||± 4.5%||44%||31%||5%||—||20%|
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When the polls closed, the election was very close, and continued to stay close throughout the night. Gregg performed well in Marion County (Indianapolis) and Lake County (Gary), which were Democratic strongholds. Pence performed well in the Indianapolis suburbs and the Fort Wayne area. At 12:34 am EST, the Associated Press called the race for Pence. At 1:06 am, Gregg called Pence to concede, realizing there weren't enough votes left to overtake him. Pence ultimately won the election.
Pence took office on January 13, 2013. This was one of Indiana's closest gubernatorial elections.
|Republican||Mike Pence/Sue Ellspermann||1,275,424||49.49%||-8.35%|
|Democratic||John R. Gregg/Vi Simpson||1,200,016||46.56%||+6.52%|
|Libertarian||Rupert Boneham/Brad Klopfenstein||101,868||3.95%||+1.83%|
|Independent||Donnie Harold Harris/George Fish (write-in)||21||0.00%||N/A|
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- Election Division at the Indiana Secretary of State office
- Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012 at Ballotpedia
- Campaign websites (archived)