2012 United States presidential election in Mississippi

The 2012 United States presidential election in Mississippi took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Mississippi voters chose six 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.

2012 United States presidential election in Mississippi
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Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 6 0
Popular vote 710,746 562,949
Percentage 55.29% 43.79%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

Romney and Ryan won Mississippi with 55.29% of the popular vote to Obama's and Biden's 43.79%, thus winning the state's six electoral votes by an 11.50% margin.[1] Mississippi was one of just six states where Obama improved on his 2008 performance. According to exit polls, the black vote share in Mississippi increased from 33% in 2008 to 36% in 2012, likely explaining Obama's gains.[2] This was the strongest showing for a Democratic presidential candidate in Mississippi since native Southerner Bill Clinton's 44.08% in 1996. Obama carried Warren County, becoming the first Democrat to do so since John F. Kennedy in 1960.[3] He also managed to flip Benton County, and already Democratic counties improved their margins further.

Democratic primaryEdit

Obama ran unopposed in the Mississippi primary and therefore received 100% of the vote.[4]

Republican primaryEdit

Mississippi Republican primary, 2012
 
← 2008 March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) 2016 →
       
Candidate Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney
Home state Pennsylvania Georgia Massachusetts
Delegate count 13 12 12
Popular vote 96,258 91,612 90,161
Percentage 32.73% 31.15% 30.66%

 
Mississippi results by county
  Rick Santorum
  Newt Gingrich
  Mitt Romney
  Tie

The Republican primary took place on March 13, 2012, the same day as the Alabama Republican primary and the Hawaii Republican caucuses.[5][6] After the open election, 37 bound delegates and three unbound delegates will go to the Republican National Convention.[7]

Mississippi Republican primary, 2012[8][9]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
  Rick Santorum 96,258 32.73% 13
Newt Gingrich 91,612 31.15% 12
Mitt Romney 90,161 30.66% 14
Ron Paul 12,955 4.40% 0
Rick Perry 1,350 0.46% 0
Michele Bachmann 971 0.33% 0
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 413 0.14% 0
Gary Johnson 392 0.13% 0
Unprojected delegates: 3
Total: 294,112 100% 40

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

2012 United States presidential election in Mississippi
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 710,746 55.29% 6
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 562,949 43.79% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 6,676 0.52% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 2,609 0.20% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 1,588 0.12% 0
Reform Barbara Dale Washer Cathy L. Toole 1,016 0.08% 0
Totals 1,285,584 100.00% 6

By countyEdit

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Adams 58.66% 9,061 40.74% 6,293 0.60% 93 15,447
Alcorn 23.67% 3,511 74.92% 11,111 1.40% 208 14,830
Amite 42.07% 3,242 57.28% 4,414 0.65% 50 7,706
Attala 43.19% 3,927 56.38% 5,126 0.43% 39 9,092
Benton 49.83% 2,051 49.59% 2,041 0.58% 24 4,116
Bolivar 68.59% 10,582 30.47% 4,701 0.94% 145 15,428
Calhoun 36.59% 2,586 62.42% 4,412 0.99% 70 7,068
Carroll 33.49% 2,007 66.09% 3,960 0.42% 25 5,992
Chickasaw 51.49% 4,378 46.97% 3,994 1.54% 131 8,503
Choctaw 33.42% 1,428 65.81% 2,812 0.77% 33 4,273
Claiborne 88.22% 4,838 11.40% 625 0.38% 21 5,484
Clarke 37.70% 3,111 61.18% 5,049 1.13% 93 8,253
Clay 60.62% 6,712 38.76% 4,291 0.62% 69 11,072
Coahoma 73.86% 7,792 25.71% 2,712 0.43% 45 10,549
Copiah 54.87% 7,749 44.48% 6,282 0.65% 92 14,123
Covington 41.48% 3,878 57.82% 5,405 0.70% 65 9,348
DeSoto 32.79% 21,575 66.21% 43,559 1.00% 660 65,794
Forrest 43.89% 13,272 54.82% 16,574 1.29% 390 30,236
Franklin 38.42% 1,726 60.87% 2,735 0.71% 32 4,493
George 13.79% 1,359 84.98% 8,376 1.23% 121 9,856
Greene 22.37% 1,325 76.51% 4,531 1.11% 66 5,922
Grenada 46.65% 5,288 52.81% 5,986 0.54% 61 11,335
Hancock 22.82% 3,917 75.52% 12,964 1.67% 286 17,167
Harrison 36.51% 23,119 62.33% 39,470 1.17% 739 63,328
Hinds 71.47% 76,112 27.86% 29,664 0.67% 715 106,491
Holmes 84.11% 7,812 15.45% 1,435 0.44% 41 9,288
Humphreys 74.88% 3,903 24.81% 1,293 0.31% 16 5,212
Issaquena 60.86% 479 38.37% 302 0.76% 6 787
Itawamba 18.31% 1,706 79.34% 7,393 2.35% 219 9,318
Jackson 32.24% 17,299 66.62% 35,747 1.14% 609 53,655
Jasper 54.57% 5,097 44.89% 4,193 0.54% 50 9,340
Jefferson 89.13% 3,951 10.56% 468 0.32% 14 4,433
Jefferson Davis 62.16% 4,267 36.52% 2,507 1.31% 90 6,864
Jones 30.54% 9,211 68.59% 20,687 0.87% 261 30,159
Kemper 64.11% 3,239 35.41% 1,789 0.48% 24 5,052
Lafayette 41.48% 8,091 56.78% 11,075 1.74% 339 19,505
Lamar 22.07% 5,494 76.74% 19,101 1.18% 294 24,889
Lauderdale 42.15% 13,814 57.05% 18,700 0.80% 263 32,777
Lawrence 36.85% 2,468 62.59% 4,192 0.57% 38 6,698
Leake 45.41% 4,079 54.14% 4,863 0.46% 41 8,983
Lee 35.58% 12,563 63.49% 22,415 0.93% 328 35,306
Leflore 71.39% 9,119 28.08% 3,587 0.52% 67 12,773
Lincoln 33.33% 5,471 66.04% 10,839 0.63% 104 16,414
Lowndes 49.30% 13,388 49.78% 13,518 0.93% 252 27,158
Madison 41.80% 20,722 57.51% 28,507 0.69% 342 49,571
Marion 34.51% 4,393 64.71% 8,237 0.78% 99 12,729
Marshall 59.42% 9,650 39.86% 6,473 0.72% 117 16,240
Monroe 41.71% 7,056 57.47% 9,723 0.82% 139 16,918
Montgomery 47.39% 2,675 52.21% 2,947 0.41% 23 5,645
Neshoba 28.04% 3,089 71.15% 7,837 0.81% 89 11,015
Newton 33.95% 3,319 65.40% 6,394 0.65% 64 9,777
Noxubee 78.54% 4,920 21.15% 1,325 0.30% 19 6,264
Oktibbeha 50.20% 9,095 48.36% 8,761 1.44% 261 18,117
Panola 53.96% 9,079 45.34% 7,629 0.70% 118 16,826
Pearl River 19.65% 4,366 78.96% 17,549 1.39% 309 22,224
Perry 26.69% 1,527 72.30% 4,137 1.01% 58 5,722
Pike 53.69% 9,650 45.52% 8,181 0.80% 143 17,974
Pontotoc 22.59% 2,804 76.13% 9,448 1.28% 159 12,411
Prentiss 28.08% 2,817 70.52% 7,075 1.41% 141 10,033
Quitman 71.30% 2,837 28.05% 1,116 0.65% 26 3,979
Rankin 23.37% 14,988 75.52% 48,444 1.11% 713 64,145
Scott 44.91% 5,031 54.36% 6,089 0.73% 82 11,202
Sharkey 70.38% 1,782 29.11% 737 0.51% 13 2,532
Simpson 38.56% 4,723 60.61% 7,424 0.83% 102 12,249
Smith 24.44% 1,979 74.69% 6,049 0.88% 71 8,099
Stone 26.59% 2,003 71.96% 5,420 1.45% 109 7,532
Sunflower 73.02% 8,199 26.09% 2,929 0.89% 100 11,228
Tallahatchie 60.88% 3,959 38.43% 2,499 0.69% 45 6,503
Tate 39.76% 4,933 59.10% 7,332 1.14% 141 12,406
Tippah 25.28% 2,317 73.30% 6,717 1.42% 130 9,164
Tishomingo 20.70% 1,643 77.28% 6,133 2.02% 160 7,936
Tunica 79.30% 3,475 20.15% 883 0.55% 24 4,382
Union 24.13% 2,742 74.77% 8,498 1.10% 125 11,365
Walthall 45.32% 3,422 53.65% 4,051 1.03% 78 7,551
Warren 50.42% 10,786 48.89% 10,457 0.69% 148 21,391
Washington 70.92% 13,981 28.66% 5,651 0.42% 83 19,715
Wayne 40.15% 4,148 59.15% 6,111 0.71% 73 10,332
Webster 22.74% 1,190 76.27% 3,992 0.99% 52 5,234
Wilkinson 70.31% 3,412 29.16% 1,415 0.54% 26 4,853
Winston 46.87% 4,607 52.58% 5,168 0.55% 54 9,829
Yalobusha 47.69% 3,030 51.56% 3,276 0.76% 48 6,354
Yazoo 56.82% 6,603 42.52% 4,941 0.65% 76 11,620

Counties that swung from Republican to DemocraticEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 Presidential Election Results - Mississippi". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ "2012 Exit Polls - Mississippi". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard; Warren County, Mississippi
  4. ^ "Mississippi Democratic Delegation 2012". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Mississippi Republican – The Green Papers
  8. ^ http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections/electionresults/Republican%20Certification_2012%20Primary.pdf
  9. ^ "Mississippi Republican Primary - Election Results - Election 2012". The New York Times.

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