2012 United States presidential election in Alaska

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United States presidential election in Alaska, 2012

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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 164,676 122,640
Percentage 54.80% 40.81%

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Borough & Census Area Results

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Barack Obama

The 2012 United States presidential election in Alaska 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. Alaska 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.

Prior to the election, 17 news organizations considered this a state Romney would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. Mitt Romney won the state of Alaska with 54.80% of the vote. Barack Obama received 40.81% of the vote.[1] This was the first time since 1968 that a Democrat received more than 40% of the vote in Alaska. No Democrat has won Alaska since it was won by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. While the Republicans handily won its 3 electoral votes, Alaska's 2012 result made it one of just six states to swing toward President Obama between 2008 and 2012; in 2008 Alaska had been won by Republican nominee John McCain with a 21.5% margin of victory. This can be explained by the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee being Sarah Palin, the incumbent Governor of Alaska at the time.

Obama closed his margin of defeat in Alaska by 7.55% compared to his 2008 loss, making it the state with the strongest Democratic gain in 2012.

National election[edit]

Candidate Ballot Access
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
Write-In Candidate Access
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice


United States presidential election in Alaska, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 164,676 54.80% 3
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 122,640 40.81% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 7,392 2.46% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 2,917 0.97% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 2,870 0.96% 0
Totals 300,495 100.00% 3

Party caucuses[edit]

Democratic caucuses[edit]

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Republican caucuses[edit]

United States presidential caucuses in Alaska (Republican Party), 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 8 7
Popular vote 4,285 3,860
Percentage 32.4% 29.2%

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Candidate Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Home state Texas Georgia
Delegate count 6 3
Popular vote 3,175 1,865
Percentage 24.0% 14.1%

The Alaska Republican caucuses were held Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012.[2][3][4] The presidential preference poll portion of the caucuses was scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm local time (which is 8 pm to midnight EST) at locations across the state and one caucus in Washington, DC.[5]

Similar to the Nevada Republican caucuses, 2012, the results of the presidential preference poll will be used to directly and proportionately apportion 24 national convention delegates among the candidates.[6] Another 3 super delegates are unbound and not determined by the caucus results.[7]

Alaska Republican caucuses, 2012[8]
Candidate Votes Percentage Estimated national delegates
Mitt Romney 4,285 32.4% 8
Rick Santorum 3,860 29.2% 7
Ron Paul 3,175 24.0% 6
Newt Gingrich 1,865 14.1% 3
Uncommitted 34 0.3%
Unprojected delegates: 3
Totals 13,219 100.0% 27

See also[edit]


  1. ^ State of Alaska 2012 General Election Official Results
  2. ^ "Alaska Republican Events". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  3. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "2012 Convention Process". ARP. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "2012 Convention Process". ARP. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  8. ^ New York Times, Retrieved March 23, 2012.

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