The 2012 United States presidential election in the District of Columbia took place on November 6, 2012 as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. D.C. 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 . Obama and Biden carried the District of Columbia with 90.9% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 7.3%, thus winning the district's three electoral votes. [2] As of 2017, this is the only election since 1988 when the District failed to return a Democratic margin of victory higher than the district had then ever returned in any prior election.

General election

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green

Write-In Candidate Access:

  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice

Election results

United States presidential election in the District of Columbia, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 267,070 90.9% 3
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 21,381 7.3% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 2,458 0.8% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson James P. Gray 2,083 0.7% 0
Others Others Others 772 0.3% 0
Totals 293,764 100.00% 3
Voter turnout ???


Democratic primary

President Obama was the only candidate in the primary. The District cast all 45 of its delegate votes at the 2012 Democratic National Convention for Obama. [3]

District of Columbia Democratic primary, 2012 [3]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Barack Obama 56,503 96.23% 22
Uncommitted 1,100 1.87% 0
Under votes 725 1.23% 0
Write-ins 386 0.66% 0
Unpledged delegates: 23
Total: 58,714 100% 45

Republican primary

The District of Columbia Republican 2012 primary was held on April 3, 2012, [3] [4] [6] the same day as the Maryland and Wisconsin Republican primaries.

The District of Columbia Republican Party required a $5,000 contribution, signatures from one percent of registered Republicans, and the names of 16 potential delegates and 16 alternate delegates, who then must register with the District of Columbia Office of Campaign Finance . [7] [8] Alternatively, under II.D.1(c) a candidate need not file signatures with a $10,000 contribution. [8] The District of Columbia Republican Party certified Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in lieu of petitions under II.D.1(c). [124] Rick Santorum was not included on the ballot because he did not meet these requirements. [7] [124]

The District of Columbia Republican Party decided not to allow write-in votes for the primary. [2]

The candidate with the most votes in the primary, Mitt Romney, was awarded sixteen delegates. [11] Romney received the most votes in each of the District of Columbia's eight wards, receiving the majority of votes in wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, and a plurality of votes in wards 5, 7, and 8. [12] Paul received the second most votes in wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8, while Gingrich received the second most votes in wards 3 and 7. [12] Romney also received the most votes, or tied for the most votes, in 129 of the 143 voting precincts. [2]

The District of Columbia's three superdelegates are Chairman Bob Kabel, Republican National Committeewoman Betsy Werronen, and Republican National Committeeman Tony Parker. [8] Kabel and Werronen both support Mitt Romney. [8] [2] Other delegates for the District of Columbia include Patrick Mara and Rachel Hoff. [2]

Jill Homan and Bob Kabel were elected National Committeewoman and the National Committeeman, respectively. [2] They will both take office after the end of the 2012 Republican National Convention . [2]

District of Columbia Republican primary, 2012 [2]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Mitt Romney 3,577 70.08% 18
Ron Paul 621 12.17% 0
Newt Gingrich 558 10.93% 0
Jon Huntsman 348 6.82% 0
Unprojected delegates: 1
Under votes 153
Total: 5,257 100% 19
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

See also