2012 Election - Statistics & Facts

Published by Statista Research Department, Apr 29, 2019
The 2012 presidential election in the United States was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Presidential elections in the United States are always held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, a tradition that dates back to 1845, a time when Americans still travelled by horse and carriage. Voters needed the Monday to get to their voting location.

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In the 2012 election, incumbent president Barack Obama ran for his second and final term as President of the United States of America. His opponent was Mitt Romney, who had won the Republican primaries.

On the night of November 6, 2012 President Barack Obama won the 2012 election when the first results showed him winning the crucial swing states of Ohio and Virginia. The votes from these states gave him at least 270 electoral votes in total, enough to win the presidency and his second term.

According to the official election results, President Obama has won a total of 332 electoral votes, while Mitt Romney gathered 206 votes.

The race in the Senate turned out in favor of the Democratic Party – they now hold the Senate with a total of 54 Democratic Senators. The Republican Party now has 45 seats, while one seat has been taken by an independent Senator.

The Republican Party kept its control over the House of Representatives, claiming 233 of 435 seats available. The Democratic Party now has 200 seats while 2 are vacant.

According to exit polls, Obama won among women, non-white voters, young voters, and in big cities. Meanwhile, Romney won among upper-income voters and college graduates.

Overview of the most important facts:

Official election results
Official results of popular vote
Preliminary election results by state
(as of November 12, 2012)

Latest polls on the election prospects of Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama
(as of November 6, 2012)
Latest polls in the swing states
(as of November 6, 2012)
Outlook on electoral votes
(as of November 6, 2012)
Total fundraising and spending in presidential elections since 1976
(as of November 5, 2012)
Weekly super PAC spending
(as of November 5, 2012)
Spending for Ads in swing states
(as of November 5, 2012)
Spending for TV ads
(as of November 5, 2012)
Campaign finances by candidate
Monthly fundraising by political party
Monthly fundraising by campaign
Fundraising and spending of super PACs
Obama Job approval rating


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