United States presidential election in Tennessee, 2012

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United States presidential election in Tennessee, 2012

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  Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 8.jpg President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop.jpg
Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 1,462,330 960,709
Percentage 59.48% 39.08%

Tennessee presidential election results 2012.svg
County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Tennessee voters chose 11 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.

Mitt Romney received Tennessee's 11 electoral votes after he garnered 59.48% of the popular vote in Tennessee, to Barack Obama's 39.08%.[1]

Much like in previous elections, larger metropolitan areas such as Memphis and Nashville were won by the Democratic Party, but rural areas overwhelmingly favored the Republican Party. Barack Obama proved especially unpopular among the state's conservative electorate; consequently, Mitt Romney's 20.4% margin of victory was the strongest Republican win in Tennessee since 1972. Tennessee has not voted for a Democratic candidate since 1996. This is the most recent election in which Hardeman County was won by the Democratic candidate as of 2016.

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Tennessee, 2012
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 1,462,330 59.48% 11
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 960,709 39.08% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 18,623 0.67% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 6,515 0.26% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 6,022 0.24% 0
Justice Rocky Anderson Luis J. Rodriguez 2,639 0.11% 0
American Third Position Merlin Miller Virginia D. Abernethy 1,739 0.07% 0
Totals 2,458,577 100.00% 11

By congressional district[edit]

Mitt Romney swept the state and carried seven of the state's nine congressional districts, all represented by Republicans. Barack Obama carried the state's two congressional districts anchored by the two largest cities of Memphis and Nashville.[2]

District Romney Obama Representative
1st 72.7% 25.7%
Phil Roe
2nd 67.3% 30.9% John J. Duncan, Jr.
3rd 63.3% 35.1% Chuck Fleischmann
4th 65.3% 33.1% Scott DesJarlais
5th 42.5% 55.9% Jim Cooper
6th 69.1% 29.5% Diane Black
7th 65.7% 32.9% Marsha Blackburn
8th 66.1% 32.8% Stephen Fincher
9th 20.9% 78.3% Steve Cohen

By county[edit]

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Anderson County 34.13% 10,122 63.95% 18,968 01.92% 569 29,659
Bedford County 29.15% 4,211 69.46% 10,034 01.38% 200 14,445
Benton County 36.27% 2,258 61.84% 3,850 01.90% 118 6,226
Bledsoe County 29.07% 1,267 69.33% 3,022 01.61% 70 4,359
Blount County 26.27% 12,934 71.98% 35,441 01.74% 859 49,234
Bradley County 22.35% 8,037 76.25% 27,422 01.40% 504 35,963
Campbell County 27.50% 3,328 71.10% 8,604 01.40% 169 12,101
Cannon County 31.45% 1,564 66.54% 3,309 02.01% 100 4,973
Carroll County 32.02% 3,475 66.58% 7,225 01.39% 151 10,851
Carter County 23.23% 4,789 75.20% 15,503 01.58% 325 20,617
Cheatham County 30.69% 4,659 67.63% 10,268 01.68% 255 15,182
Chester County 25.34% 1,624 73.07% 4,684 01.59% 102 6,410
Claiborne County 23.90% 2,433 74.84% 7,617 01.26% 128 10,178
Clay County 36.77% 1,037 61.95% 1,747 01.28% 36 2,820
Cocke County 24.48% 2,804 73.85% 8,459 01.67% 191 11,454
Coffee County 30.48% 5,870 67.62% 13,023 01.90% 366 19,259
Crockett County 30.36% 1,669 68.81% 3,783 00.84% 46 5,498
Cumberland County 24.80% 6,261 73.88% 18,653 01.32% 333 25,247
Davidson County 58.45% 143,120 39.87% 97,622 01.69% 4,131 244,873
Decatur County 30.65% 1,303 67.61% 2,874 01.74% 74 4,251
DeKalb County 33.85% 2,174 64.51% 4,143 01.64% 105 6,422
Dickson County 34.95% 6,233 63.34% 11,296 01.72% 306 17,835
Dyer County 27.22% 3,757 71.89% 9,921 00.88% 122 13,800
Fayette County 34.17% 6,688 64.83% 12,689 01.01% 197 19,574
Fentress County 22.64% 1,561 76.04% 5,243 01.32% 91 6,895
Franklin County 34.76% 5,603 63.66% 10,262 01.58% 254 16,119
Gibson County 33.38% 6,564 65.51% 12,883 01.12% 220 19,667
Giles County 34.82% 3,760 64.03% 6,915 01.15% 124 10,799
Grainger County 23.00% 1,668 75.43% 5,470 01.57% 114 7,252
Greene County 26.06% 6,225 72.19% 17,245 01.75% 417 23,887
Grundy County 38.78% 1,643 59.38% 2,516 01.84% 78 4,237
Hamblen County 26.13% 5,234 72.49% 14,522 01.38% 276 20,032
Hamilton County 41.67% 58,836 56.62% 79,933 01.71% 2,412 141,181
Hancock County 23.22% 475 74.63% 1,527 02.15% 44 2,046
Hardeman County 52.51% 5,482 46.60% 4,865 00.88% 92 10,439
Hardin County 23.51% 2,467 75.14% 7,886 01.35% 142 10,495
Hawkins County 25.70% 5,088 72.65% 14,382 01.65% 327 19,797
Haywood County 60.36% 4,569 39.11% 2,960 00.53% 40 7,569
Henderson County 25.03% 2,517 73.80% 7,421 01.16% 117 10,055
Henry County 34.06% 4,339 64.31% 8,193 01.62% 207 12,739
Hickman County 35.49% 2,698 62.59% 4,758 01.92% 146 7,602
Houston County 46.25% 1,400 52.16% 1,579 01.59% 48 3,027
Humphreys County 42.33% 2,905 55.85% 3,833 01.82% 125 6,863
Jackson County 41.56% 1,739 56.96% 2,383 01.48% 62 4,184
Jefferson County 24.10% 4,232 74.25% 13,038 01.65% 289 17,559
Johnson County 23.94% 1,483 74.44% 4,611 01.61% 100 6,194
Knox County 34.43% 59,399 63.60% 109,707 01.97% 3,401 172,507
Lake County 42.36% 884 55.73% 1,163 01.92% 40 2,087
Lauderdale County 46.16% 4,011 53.12% 4,616 00.71% 62 8,689
Lawrence County 27.84% 4,237 70.77% 10,770 01.39% 212 15,219
Lewis County 30.83% 1,447 66.40% 3,117 02.77% 130 4,694
Lincoln County 24.80% 3,290 73.88% 9,803 01.32% 175 13,268
Loudon County 22.91% 5,058 75.69% 16,707 01.40% 308 22,073
Macon County 22.48% 1,552 76.18% 5,260 01.35% 93 6,905
Madison County 45.13% 18,367 54.03% 21,993 00.84% 342 40,702
Marion County 37.98% 3,953 60.26% 6,272 01.77% 184 10,409
Marshall County 34.68% 3,725 63.61% 6,832 01.71% 184 10,741
Maury County 35.83% 11,825 62.74% 20,708 01.43% 473 33,006
McMinn County 25.84% 4,609 72.71% 12,967 01.45% 258 17,834
McNairy County 26.98% 2,645 71.57% 7,015 01.45% 142 9,802
Meigs County 29.34% 1,163 68.97% 2,734 01.69% 67 3,964
Monroe County 26.76% 4,372 71.80% 11,731 01.44% 235 16,338
Montgomery County 44.08% 24,499 54.41% 30,245 01.51% 840 55,584
Moore County 25.19% 705 73.35% 2,053 01.46% 41 2,799
Morgan County 26.52% 1,725 71.79% 4,669 01.69% 110 6,504
Obion County 27.01% 3,321 71.68% 8,814 01.32% 162 12,297
Overton County 36.60% 2,805 62.30% 4,775 01.10% 84 7,664
Perry County 37.85% 992 60.21% 1,578 01.95% 51 2,621
Pickett County 29.03% 712 69.79% 1,712 01.18% 29 2,453
Polk County 30.63% 1,856 67.80% 4,108 01.57% 95 6,059
Putnam County 30.60% 7,802 67.66% 17,254 01.74% 444 25,500
Rhea County 24.82% 2,628 73.67% 7,802 01.51% 160 10,590
Roane County 28.53% 6,018 69.82% 14,724 01.65% 348 21,090
Robertson County 31.53% 8,290 67.11% 17,643 01.35% 356 26,289
Rutherford County 36.84% 36,414 61.56% 60,846 01.61% 1,588 98,848
Scott County 21.78% 1,452 76.74% 5,117 01.48% 99 6,668
Sequatchie County 28.96% 1,489 68.86% 3,541 02.18% 112 5,142
Sevier County 21.91% 7,418 76.73% 25,984 01.36% 462 33,864
Shelby County 62.63% 232,443 36.55% 135,649 00.81% 3,017 371,109
Smith County 34.85% 2,470 63.43% 4,495 01.72% 122 7,087
Stewart County 40.45% 2,069 57.93% 2,963 01.62% 83 5,115
Sullivan County 25.58% 15,321 72.74% 43,562 01.68% 1,004 59,887
Sumner County 28.42% 18,579 70.38% 46,003 01.20% 784 65,366
Tipton County 29.62% 7,133 69.23% 16,672 01.15% 276 24,081
Trousdale County 42.69% 1,240 55.49% 1,612 01.82% 53 2,905
Unicoi County 27.00% 1,913 71.01% 5,032 01.99% 141 7,086
Union County 25.36% 1,478 73.47% 4,282 01.17% 68 5,828
Van Buren County 38.04% 875 60.26% 1,386 01.70% 39 2,300
Warren County 36.51% 4,752 61.54% 8,010 01.94% 253 13,015
Washington County 29.82% 14,325 68.30% 32,808 01.87% 899 48,032
Wayne County 21.20% 1,163 77.52% 4,253 01.28% 70 5,486
Weakley County 28.76% 3,548 69.75% 8,605 01.49% 184 12,337
White County 30.58% 2,795 67.80% 6,197 01.62% 148 9,140
Williamson County 26.13% 25,142 72.59% 69,850 01.28% 1,233 96,225
Wilson County 28.53% 14,695 70.12% 36,109 01.35% 695 51,499

History[edit]

In previous elections, Tennessee was typically won by the Republican party, with Republicans winning in Tennessee for the past three election cycles, since the 2000 election.[3]

Democratic primary[edit]

Tennessee Democratic primary, 2012

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Candidate Barack Obama Uncommitted
Home state Illinois n/a
Delegate count 82 9
Popular vote 80,705 10,497
Percentage 88.48% 11.51%

Tennessee Democratic presidential primary 2012.svg
Tennessee results by county
  Barack Obama

The 2012 democratic primary in Tennessee took place on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012, with Barack Obama receiving 80,355 (88.5%) votes. Other candidates received a combined total of 10,411 (11.5%) votes.[4] Tennessee had a total of 91 delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, of which 82 were pledged to presidential contenders depending on the popular vote. The remaining 9 super-delegates were unbound.

Tennessee Democratic primary, 2012[5]
Candidate Popular vote Delegates
Count Percentage Pledged delegates Super delegates Total delegates
America Symbol.svg Barack Obama 80,705 88.48% 82 9 91
Uncommitted 10,497 11.51% 0 0 0
John Wolfe Jr. (write-in) 7 0.00% 0 0 0
Total: 91,209 100% 91 29 251

Republican primary[edit]

Tennessee Republican primary, 2012

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  Rick Santorum by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 8.jpg
Candidate Rick Santorum Mitt Romney
Home state Pennsylvania Massachusetts
Delegate count 29 14
Popular vote 205,809 155,630
Percentage 37.11% 28.06%

  Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Ron Paul by Gage Skidmore 3 crop.jpg
Candidate Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Home state Georgia Texas
Delegate count 9 0
Popular vote 132,889 50,156
Percentage 23.96% 9.04%

Tennessee Republican Presidential Primary Election Results by County, 2012.svg
Tennessee results by county
  Rick Santorum
  Mitt Romney
  Newt Gingrich

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

Tennessee has 58 delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Three super delegates are unbound. 27 delegates are awarded by congressional district, 3 delegates for each district. If a candidate wins two-third of the vote in a district, he takes all 3 delegates there; if not, delegates are split 2-to-1 between the top two candidates. Another 28 delegates are awarded to the candidate who wins two-thirds of the vote statewide, or allocated proportionately among candidates winning at least 20% of the vote if no one gets two-thirds.[8]

Results[edit]

Tennessee Republican primary, 2012[9]
Candidate Votes Percentage Projected delegate count
NYT
[10]
CNN
[11]
FOX
[12]
America Symbol.svg Rick Santorum 205,809 37.11% 29 27 26
Mitt Romney 155,630 28.06% 14 15 12
Newt Gingrich 132,889 23.96% 9 8 9
Ron Paul 50,156 9.04% 0 0 0
Rick Perry (withdrawn) 1,966 0.35% 0 0 0
Michele Bachmann (withdrawn) 1,895 0.34% 0 0 0
Jon Huntsman (withdrawn) 1,239 0.22% 0 0 0
Buddy Roemer (withdrawn) 881 0.16% 0 0 0
Gary Johnson (withdrawn) 572 0.10% 0 0 0
Uncommitted 3,536 0.64% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 6 8 9
Total: 554,573 100.00% 58 58 58

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