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2012 United States presidential election in Ohio

The 2012 United States presidential election in Ohio took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Ohio voters chose 18 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. This continued the streak of having the winner of the overall election winning Ohio as the state has not voted for a losing candidate since Richard Nixon in 1960.

United States presidential election in Ohio, 2012

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Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 18 0
Popular vote 2,827,709 2,661,437
Percentage 50.67% 47.69%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

President Obama won the popular vote in Ohio with 50.67% of the vote over Mitt Romney in second place at 47.69%, a Democratic victory margin of 2.98%.[1]

Contents

General ElectionEdit

Throughout the general election campaign Ohio was considered a key battleground state and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigned extensively in the state.[2] Some experts believe that the popularity of the auto industry bailout put in place under President Obama helped him take the state.[2][3] In February 2013, nineteen cases of voter fraud were being investigated in Hamilton County;[4] in March 2013, three individuals were charged with voter fraud, with one individual alleged to have voted six times.[5] However, minus these questionable votes, assuming they went to Obama, the outcome of the Ohio race is not affected as President Obama still wins Ohio by over 166,000 votes.

ResultsEdit

President Obama won Ohio over Governor Mitt Romney. Ohio was too close to call for a decent portion of the night. At 11:12 P.M. EST, MSNBC called Ohio for Obama. All major news networks soon followed suit. Giving Ohio to Obama gave him enough electoral votes to win. At first the Romney campaign contested the call, but conceded at about 1:00 A.M. Obama's victory in Ohio can be attributed to several factors. Obama only won 17 out of Ohio's 88 counties. However those 17 counties combined account for more than half of the states total population. Romney did do well in most rural areas of the state, particularly in western Ohio. Romney also won all but one county in the Appalachia region (Athens) home of Athens, Ohio and Ohio University. Romney also did well in the northern Columbus suburbs. For Romney, most of his wins came from smaller populated counties. Obama won in Hamilton County home of increasingly Democratic Cincinnati. Obama also did well in Lucas County, and Franklin County, home of Toledo and Columbus respectively. Obama gained significant support in southern Ohio where many of the counties where a majority voted against him four years prior, became more competitive as Romney only won by pluralities in five of them. Most notably, Pike County became the closest county in the entire nation where Romney came out on top by one vote. Obama also did well in the Akron-Youngstown area, and the auto belt. However, the main source of Obama's victory was in Cuyahoga County home of Cleveland. Obama won statewide by almost three percent.

United States presidential election in Ohio, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 2,827,709 50.67% 18
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 2,661,437 47.69% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 49,493 0.89% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 18,573 0.33% 0
Independent Richard Duncan Ricky Johnson 12,502 0.22% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 8,152 0.15% 0
Socialist Stewart Alexander Alex Mendoza 2,944 0.05% 0
Others 37 0.00% 0
Totals 5,580,847 100.00% 18
Voter turnout (registered voters) 69.87%

By county[6]Edit

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Adams 35.86% 3,976 61.91% 6,865 2.24% 248 11,089
Allen 37.14% 17,914 61.16% 29,502 1.70% 820 48,236
Ashland 34.04% 8,281 63.79% 15,519 2.18% 530 24,330
Ashtabula 55.27% 23,803 42.49% 18,298 2.24% 963 43,064
Athens 66.24% 18,307 30.91% 8,543 2.85% 788 27,638
Auglaize 24.91% 5,831 73.36% 17,169 1.73% 405 23,405
Belmont 44.85% 14,156 53.09% 16,758 2.06% 650 31,564
Brown 36.65% 7,107 61.45% 11,916 1.90% 369 19,392
Butler 36.66% 62,388 61.80% 105,176 1.54% 2627 170,191
Carroll 41.80% 5,543 55.16% 7,315 3.05% 404 13,262
Champaign 38.24% 7,044 59.96% 11,045 1.80% 332 18,421
Clark 48.79% 31,297 49.60% 31,820 1.61% 1030 64,147
Clermont 31.64% 30,458 66.69% 64,208 1.67% 1607 96,273
Clinton 31.92% 5,791 66.19% 12,009 1.90% 344 18,144
Columbiana 43.04% 19,821 54.83% 25,251 2.13% 979 46,051
Coshocton 44.09% 6,940 53.31% 8,390 2.60% 409 15,739
Crawford 37.91% 7,507 59.85% 11,852 2.24% 444 19,803
Cuyahoga 69.42% 447,273 29.59% 190,660 0.99% 6398 644,331
Darke 26.87% 6,826 71.29% 18,108 1.84% 467 25,401
Defiance 42.28% 7,732 55.64% 10,176 2.08% 380 18,288
Delaware 37.76% 37,292 60.95% 60,194 1.29% 1275 98,761
Erie 55.31% 21,793 43.02% 16,952 1.67% 660 39,405
Fairfield 41.47% 29,890 56.94% 41,034 1.59% 1144 72,068
Fayette 38.56% 4,249 60.07% 6,620 1.37% 151 11,020
Franklin 60.66% 346,373 37.83% 215,997 1.52% 8660 571,030
Fulton 42.66% 9,073 55.19% 11,738 2.15% 457 21,268
Gallia 36.18% 4,557 61.53% 7,750 2.29% 288 12,595
Geauga 38.55% 19,659 59.98% 30,589 1.47% 749 50,997
Greene 38.63% 32,256 59.67% 49,819 1.69% 1415 83,490
Guernsey 44.31% 7,450 53.49% 8,993 2.21% 371 16,814
Hamilton 52.50% 219,927 46.15% 193,326 1.35% 5641 418,894
Hancock 35.20% 12,564 62.88% 22,443 1.92% 687 35,694
Hardin 37.10% 4,619 60.16% 7,489 2.74% 341 12,449
Harrison 41.31% 2,950 56.28% 4,019 2.41% 172 7,141
Henry 39.74% 5,658 58.00% 8,257 2.25% 321 14,236
Highland 33.92% 6,054 63.95% 11,413 2.13% 380 17,847
Hocking 48.37% 6,157 49.38% 6,285 2.25% 286 12,728
Holmes 22.61% 2,608 75.43% 8,702 1.96% 226 11,536
Huron 44.63% 11,006 52.95% 13,060 2.42% 597 24,663
Jackson 38.61% 5,166 59.07% 7,904 2.32% 311 13,381
Jefferson 46.52% 15,385 51.51% 17,034 1.97% 650 33,069
Knox 36.88% 10,470 60.82% 17,266 2.30% 652 28,388
Lake 48.71% 57,680 49.61% 58,744 1.67% 1980 118,404
Lawrence 41.59% 10,744 56.71% 14,651 1.70% 438 25,833
Licking 42.02% 34,201 55.91% 45,503 2.07% 1686 81,390
Logan 33.41% 7,062 64.50% 13,633 2.09% 442 21,137
Lorain 56.87% 81,464 41.47% 59,405 1.66% 2384 143,253
Lucas 64.99% 136,616 33.27% 69,940 1.74% 3662 210,218
Madison 39.08% 6,845 59.04% 10,342 1.88% 330 17,517
Mahoning 63.52% 77,059 35.15% 42,641 1.33% 1610 121,310
Marion 45.72% 12,504 52.15% 14,265 2.13% 583 27,352
Medina 42.72% 38,785 55.54% 50,418 1.74% 1580 90,783
Meigs 39.41% 4,027 57.69% 5,895 2.90% 296 10,218
Mercer 21.91% 4,745 76.46% 16,561 1.64% 355 21,661
Miami 31.54% 16,383 66.63% 34,606 1.82% 947 51,936
Monroe 44.75% 3,035 52.31% 3,548 2.93% 199 6,782
Montgomery 51.50% 137,139 46.88% 124,841 1.61% 4298 266,278
Morgan 45.91% 2,814 51.87% 3,179 2.22% 136 6,129
Morrow 36.66% 5,933 60.96% 9,865 2.39% 386 16,184
Muskingum 45.84% 17,002 51.94% 19,264 2.21% 820 37,086
Noble 36.29% 2,131 60.68% 3,563 3.03% 178 5,872
Ottawa 51.22% 11,503 46.93% 10,538 1.85% 415 22,456
Paulding 38.76% 3,538 58.65% 5,354 2.59% 236 9,128
Perry 46.94% 7,033 50.90% 7,627 2.16% 323 14,983
Pickaway 40.14% 9,684 58.19% 14,037 1.67% 402 24,123
Pike 49.08% 5,684 49.09% 5,685 1.83% 212 11,581
Portage 51.75% 39,453 46.23% 35,242 2.03% 1544 76,239
Preble 30.79% 6,211 67.11% 13,535 2.10% 423 20,169
Putnam 23.50% 4,318 74.68% 13,721 1.81% 333 18,372
Richland 39.31% 22,687 58.68% 33,867 2.01% 1161 57,715
Ross 48.43% 14,569 49.89% 15,008 1.68% 506 30,083
Sandusky 50.16% 14,541 47.44% 13,755 2.40% 696 28,992
Scioto 48.38% 15,077 49.72% 15,492 1.90% 592 31,161
Seneca 44.94% 11,353 52.42% 13,243 2.64% 666 25,262
Shelby 26.58% 6,343 71.83% 17,142 1.60% 381 23,866
Stark 49.28% 89,432 48.81% 88,581 1.91% 3464 181,477
Summit 57.17% 153,041 41.46% 111,001 1.37% 3674 267,716
Trumbull 60.63% 61,672 37.63% 38,279 1.74% 1768 101,719
Tuscarawas 44.23% 18,407 53.45% 22,242 2.32% 964 41,613
Union 34.44% 8,805 63.71% 16,289 1.85% 473 25,567
Van Wert 29.06% 4,029 69.13% 9,585 1.82% 252 13,866
Vinton 44.56% 2,436 52.24% 2,856 3.20% 175 5,467
Warren 29.65% 32,909 68.97% 76,564 1.38% 1534 111,007
Washington 39.50% 11,651 58.59% 17,284 1.91% 564 29,499
Wayne 38.79% 19,808 59.24% 30,251 1.97% 1005 51,064
Williams 41.03% 7,266 56.75% 10,049 2.22% 393 17,708
Wood 51.29% 32,802 46.45% 29,704 2.25% 1442 63,948
Wyandot 39.13% 4,137 58.46% 6,180 2.41% 255 10,572

Democratic primaryEdit

The Democratic primary was held on March 6, 2012, the same day as the Republican primary. Incumbent President Barack Obama ran unopposed, and thus won all 151 of the state's delegates.

Republican primaryEdit

Ohio Republican primary, 2012
 
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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 38 25
Popular vote 456,513 446,255
Percentage 37.9% 37.1%

     
Candidate Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Home state Georgia Texas
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 175,556 111,238
Percentage 14.6% 9.2%

 
Ohio results by county
  Mitt Romney
  Rick Santorum

The 2012 Ohio Republican primary took place on March 6, 2012.[7]

Ohio has 66 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Three party officials (also known as "superdelegates") are not bound by the primary result. Forty-eight delegates are generally awarded winner-take-all by Congressional district. Another 15 delegates are awarded to the candidate who gets an outright majority statewide, or are allocated proportionately among candidates winning at least 20% of the vote if no candidate wins a majority.[8]

Ohio Republican primary, 2012[9]
Candidate Votes Percentage Estimated national delegates
Mitt Romney 460,831 37.9% 38
Rick Santorum 448,580 37.1% 25
Newt Gingrich 177,183 14.6% 0
Ron Paul 113,256 9.3% 0
Rick Perry 7,539 0.6% 0
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 6,490 0.5% 0
Unprojected delegates 7
Totals 1,213,879 100.0% 66

Despite an early lead in the vote count and having won most counties, Santorum's lead was reduced and overcome by Romney as Hamilton and Cuyahoga County results came in.[10] Romney also won areas such as Akron, Youngstown, Dayton and Columbus. These and other highly populated counties would eventually go to Obama in November.

Key: Withdrew
prior to contest

Notes:

1. In the six congressional districts where Rick Santorum submitted only a partial slate of district delegates and district alternates by the late December 2011 deadline, he will be automatically awarded only the number of delegates he submitted, assuming he wins the particular district. The Ohio Republican Party said on March 2, 2012, that the remaining delegates in such districts will be "considered unbound" until a panel composed of three members of the Ohio GOP's central committee decides which campaign (if any) is permitted to appoint such delegates.[11]

2. In three congressional districts (OH-6, OH-9 and OH-13), Rick Santorum did not make the district-specific portion of the ballot.

3. In every district, each of the six candidates listed above appears on the "at-large" portion of the ballot. The results of the at-large ballot will determine the allocation of fifteen national convention delegates.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ohio Decides 2012 – Candidates for President". Ohio Secretary of State.
  2. ^ a b "Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama's Re-election". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "How Obama Took The Battleground States". NPR.
  4. ^ Emily Maxwell (6 February 2013). "Poll worker accused of voter fraud in Hamilton County speaks out". WCPO. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
    "Possible Ohio voter fraud investigation heats up". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  5. ^ Eric Shawn (11 March 2013). "Cincinnati poll worker charged with voting half dozen times in November". Fox News. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
    "Nun, Poll Worker, Widower Charged With Voter Fraud". WKRC. Sinclair Broadcast Group. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-11-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  8. ^ Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "Secretary of State results". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  10. ^ CNN (2012-03-06), Exclusive Super Tuesday Numbers from Hamilton County, retrieved 2016-04-26
  11. ^ "Ohio delegates". ABC News. Retrieved March 2, 2012.

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