2012 United States presidential election in Idaho

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2012 United States presidential election in Idaho

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Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 420,911 212,787
Percentage 64.09% 32.40%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Idaho took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Idaho voters chose four 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. Romney and Ryan carried Idaho with 64.09% of the popular vote to Obama's and Biden's 32.40%, thus winning the state's four electoral votes.[1] Romney's victory in Idaho made it his fourth strongest state in the 2012 election after Utah, Wyoming and Oklahoma.[2]

General election[edit]

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Idaho, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 420,911 64.09% 4
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 212,787 32.40% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 9,453 1.44% 0
Write-Ins Write-Ins 4,429 0.67% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 4,402 0.67% 0
Justice Rocky Anderson Luis J. Rodriguez 2,499 0.38% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 2,222 0.34% 0
Peace & Freedom Roseanne Barr Cindy Sheehan 39 0.01% 0
Totals 656,742 100.00% 4

By county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Ada County 42.72% 77,137 54.03% 97,554 3.24% 5,855 180,546
Adams County 28.01% 577 68.59% 1,413 3.40% 70 2,060
Bannock County 37.48% 13,214 59.59% 21,010 2.94% 1,036 35,260
Bear Lake County 10.70% 302 88.20% 2,489 1.10% 31 2,822
Benewah County 29.97% 1,164 66.84% 2,596 3.19% 124 3,884
Bingham County 21.71% 3,822 76.35% 13,440 1.94% 341 17,603
Blaine County 58.78% 5,992 38.64% 3,939 2.58% 263 10,194
Boise County 30.57% 1,053 66.30% 2,284 3.13% 108 3,445
Bonner County 35.07% 6,500 61.32% 11,367 3.61% 669 18,536
Bonneville County 22.92% 9,903 74.69% 32,276 2.39% 1,034 43,213
Boundary County 26.96% 1,225 69.06% 3,138 3.98% 181 4,544
Butte County 20.06% 258 77.84% 1,001 2.10% 27 1,286
Camas County 27.51% 159 69.55% 402 2.94% 17 578
Canyon County 30.06% 19,866 67.13% 44,369 2.81% 1,855 66,090
Caribou County 12.65% 386 85.45% 2,608 1.90% 58 3,052
Cassia County 13.08% 1,098 85.21% 7,154 1.72% 144 8,396
Clark County 20.12% 66 71.65% 235 8.23% 27 328
Clearwater County 27.92% 1,032 68.75% 2,541 3.33% 123 3,696
Custer County 22.53% 530 74.15% 1,744 3.32% 78 2,352
Elmore County 31.41% 2,513 65.33% 5,227 3.26% 261 8,001
Franklin County 05.80% 325 92.77% 5,195 1.43% 80 5,600
Fremont County 13.96% 810 84.57% 4,907 1.47% 85 5,802
Gem County 26.13% 1,957 70.91% 5,311 2.96% 222 7,490
Gooding County 25.15% 1,287 72.22% 3,696 2.64% 135 5,118
Idaho County 21.79% 1,708 75.55% 5,921 2.65% 208 7,837
Jefferson County 11.45% 1,303 86.94% 9,895 1.61% 183 11,381
Jerome County 25.43% 1,699 71.91% 4,804 2.66% 178 6,681
Kootenai County 31.51% 18,851 65.82% 39,381 2.67% 1,596 59,828
Latah County 49.56% 8,306 45.28% 7,589 5.16% 864 16,759
Lemhi County 23.36% 960 73.70% 3,029 2.94% 121 4,110
Lewis County 24.54% 396 72.68% 1,173 2.79% 45 1,614
Lincoln County 28.22% 469 68.65% 1,141 3.13% 52 1,662
Madison County 05.77% 832 93.29% 13,445 0.94% 135 14,412
Minidoka County 19.93% 1,390 78.04% 5,442 2.02% 141 6,973
Nez Perce County 38.29% 6,451 59.16% 9,967 2.55% 430 16,848
Oneida County 10.39% 217 87.98% 1,838 1.63% 34 2,089
Owyhee County 22.37% 833 75.03% 2,794 2.60% 97 3,724
Payette County 26.73% 2,271 70.68% 6,004 2.59% 220 8,495
Power County 33.83% 982 64.42% 1,870 1.76% 51 2,903
Shoshone County 44.23% 2,277 52.43% 2,699 3.34% 172 5,148
Teton County 42.58% 1,926 54.34% 2,458 3.07% 139 4,523
Twin Falls County 26.80% 7,541 70.26% 19,773 2.94% 828 28,142
Valley County 42.59% 2,095 54.16% 2,664 3.25% 160 4,919
Washington County 25.50% 1,104 72.24% 3,128 2.26% 98 4,330

Democratic caucuses[edit]

President Obama ran alone in the caucuses. The District cast all 31 of its delegate votes at the 2012 Democratic National Convention for Obama.[3]

Idaho Democratic primary, 2012[4]
Candidate State convention delegates Percentage Delegates
Barack Obama 1,400 100% 27
Unpledged delegates: 4
Total: 1,400 100% 31

Republican caucuses[edit]

Idaho Republican caucuses, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania Texas
Delegate count 32 0 0
Popular vote 27,514 8,115 8,086
Percentage 61.6% 18.2% 18.1%

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Idaho results by county
  Mitt Romney
  Rick Santorum
  Ron Paul

The Republican caucuses took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012.[5][6] An advisory primary with no binding effect on delegates, scheduled to be held on Tuesday May 15, 2012, was cancelled by the Idaho Republican Party.[7] Five candidates were on the ballot. In order of filing they are Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Buddy Roemer. Although Roemer had withdrawn from the Republican race before the Idaho caucus, he still appeared on the ballot.[8]

Idaho has 32 delegates to the Republican national convention, of which 3 are RNC and 29 are AL.[clarification needed] The 3 RNC delegates pledged to go with the results of the Boise Straw Poll.[citation needed] The delegates will be determined by the caucuses results, based on a two-step approach. First, the delegates are primarily awarded winner-take-all by county after a series of votes in which candidates are successively removed from the ballot. Then, if a candidate receives half or more of the county delegates, he will receive all the 32 delegates; if not, the delegates will be split proportionately according to the number of county delegates.[9] Mitt Romney won 61% of the vote, thanks to a large majority of support (80-90% in most counties) in majority Mormon southeastern Idaho, rendering it a winner-take-all contest. Santorum and Paul split the Panhandle, winning five counties each, but came away empty in the delegate count.

Straw polls[edit]

Despite a complete lack of formal polling in the state,[9] there were a total of five straw polls conducted in Idaho, three of which were online. Ron Paul won three of these,[10][11][12] while Mitt Romney won two.[13]

January 2–4 online poll[edit]

This was the first ever Idaho straw poll.[14] It was conducted entirely online by Kaz Wittig KStar Enterprises. Ron Paul won with over 70 percent of the vote.[10]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Ron Paul 73.53%
2 Rick Santorum 8.09%
3 Newt Gingrich 7.35%
4 Mitt Romney 5.15%
5 Barack Obama 3.68%
6 Gary Johnson 1.47%
7 Rick Perry 0.74%
8 Jon Huntsman 0.00%
9 Michele Bachmann 0.00%
Total 100%

January 6 Boise poll[edit]

This poll used paper ballots and was conducted in Boise. Ron Paul won this poll. Rick Perry's campaign, although still active in the race at this time, did not participate.[11]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 43% 173
2 Mitt Romney 34% 135
3 Newt Gingrich 12% 47
4 Rick Santorum 10% 40
5 Jon Huntsman 1% 4
Total 100% 399

February 2–4 online poll[edit]

This online straw poll was also produced by Kaz Wittig KStar Enterprises. Mitt Romney won the poll by a small margin.[13]

Finish Candidate Percentage
1 Mitt Romney 45.39%
2 Ron Paul 42.70%
3 Rick Santorum 4.49%
4 Newt Gingrich 3.82%
5 Barack Obama 3.15%
6 Other 0.45%
Total 100%

March 1–3 online poll[edit]

This poll was also produced by Kaz Wittig KStar Enterprises. Ron Paul won by a double-digit margin.[12]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes
1 Ron Paul 51.37% 525
2 Mitt Romney 35.03% 358
3 Gary Johnson 3.91% 40
4 Rick Santorum 3.23% 33
5 Virgil Goode 2.84% 29
6 Buddy Roemer 1.96% 20
7 Newt Gingrich 0.98% 10
8 Barack Obama 0.49% 5
9 Other 0.2% 2
Total 100% 1022

Results[edit]

Results:[15][16]

Finish Candidate Percentage Votes Estimated National Delegates
1 Mitt Romney 61.6% 27,514 32
2 Rick Santorum 18.2% 8,115 0
3 Ron Paul 18.1% 8,086 0
4 Newt Gingrich 2.1% 940 0
5 Buddy Roemer 0.0% 17 0
Total 100% 32

County totals[edit]

County Newt Gingrich Ron Paul Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Total Winner
Ada 307 1766 4233 1866 8172 Romney
Adams 0 85 132 0 217 Romney
Bannock 24 254 1614 146 2038 Romney
Bear Lake 2 15 308 19 344 Romney
Benewah 24 90 26 145 265 Santorum
Bingham 27 215 2172 150 2564 Romney
Blaine 47 79 230 23 379 Romney
Boise 0 128 163 0 291 Romney
Bonner 0 555 0 487 1042 Paul
Bonneville 65 481 3044 235 3825 Romney
Boundary 0 193 64 101 358 Paul
Butte 10 25 153 23 211 Romney
Camas 0 40 38 0 78 Paul
Canyon 0 617 2056 1296 3969 Romney
Caribou 7 22 336 26 391 Romney
Cassia 28 143 1279 144 1594 Romney
Clark 2 8 88 17 115 Romney
Clearwater 0 85 0 151 236 Santorum
Custer 19 48 98 24 189 Romney
Elmore 0 158 281 0 439 Romney
Franklin 4 105 856 29 994 Romney
Fremont 12 76 726 38 852 Romney
Gem 0 150 379 143 672 Romney
Gooding 47 84 299 86 516 Romney
Idaho 0 284 0 191 475 Paul
Jefferson 11 212 1642 114 1979 Romney
Jerome 28 74 331 101 534 Romney
Kootenai 0 496 0 674 1170 Santorum
Latah 78 509 197 188 972 Paul
Lemhi 44 60 217 64 385 Romney
Lewis 0 0 25 44 69 Santorum
Lincoln 14 11 147 49 221 Romney
Madison 7 260 2510 50 2827 Romney
Minidoka 22 80 653 92 847 Romney
Nez Perce 0 127 124 0 251 Paul
Oneida 3 39 241 18 301 Romney
Owyhee 0 0 177 263 440 Santorum
Payette 0 0 428 302 730 Romney
Power 9 13 287 38 347 Romney
Shoshone 0 0 63 74 137 Santorum
Teton 13 44 295 26 378 Romney
Twin Falls 83 332 1228 409 2052 Romney
Valley 0 123 152 0 275 Romney
Washington 0 0 222 269 491 Santorum

Notes

  • That these totals reflect the final caucus ballots in each county; where only two candidates have votes totaled, this was likely from other candidates being eliminated in previous rounds of voting. Where all candidates have at least one vote, only one ballot was necessary, since the winning candidate had a majority of votes in that county.
  • Vote totals for Buddy Roemer, who had formally withdrawn from the Republican race before the caucus, are not provided.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Idaho". Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  2. ^ "2012 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "Idaho Democratic Delegation 2012". www.thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  4. ^ "District of Columbia Democratic Delegation 2012". www.thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  5. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ID-R
  6. ^ http://www.FEC.gov/pubrec/fe2012/2012pdates.pdf
  7. ^ "Idaho Republican Presidential Nominating Process". The Green Papers. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.idaho-republican-caucus.com/republican-candidates.html
  9. ^ a b Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-02-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ a b http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/136861888.html[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Bodnar, Marissa. "Idaho GOP Gears Up For 2012 Straw Poll, Caucus". Local News 8. NPG of Idaho, Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Idaho County Map". CNN.

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