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U.S. Elections: 2012 Primary Schedule
By US Embassy
Feb 29, 2012 - 2:49:35 PM

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The 2012 Republican primary/caucus schedule below is based on the most current information available from state election boards. (President Obama’s nomination by the Democratic Party is not contested.)

For those states holding primaries, voters go to polling places and cast their ballots. In caucus states, voters gather in meeting places throughout the state to discuss candidates and reach a consensus on which candidate they will support.



OUTCOME (top three finishers)

January 3

Iowa (caucus)

Rick Santorum, 25 percent
Mitt Romney, 25 percent
Ron Paul, 21 percent

January 10

New Hampshire (primary)

Mitt Romney, 39 percent
Ron Paul, 23 percent
Jon Huntsman, 17 percent

January 21

South Carolina (primary)

Newt Gingrich, 40 percent
Mitt Romney, 28 percent
Rick Santorum, 17 percent

January 31

Florida (primary)

Mitt Romney, 46 percent
Newt Gingrich, 32 percent
Rick Santorum, 13 percent

February 4

Nevada (caucus)

Mitt Romney, 59 percent
Newt Gingrich, 21 percent
Ron Paul, 19 percent

February 4-11

Maine (caucus)

Mitt Romney, 39 percent
Ron Paul, 36 percent
Rick Santorum, 18 percent

February 7

Colorado (caucus)

Rick Santorum, 40 percent
Mitt Romney, 35 percent
Newt Gingrich, 13 percent

February 7

Minnesota (caucus)

Rick Santorum, 45 percent
Ron Paul, 27 percent
Mitt Romney, 17 percent

February 7

Missouri* (primary)

Rick Santorum, 55 percent
Mitt Romney, 25 percent
Ron Paul, 12 percent

February 28

Arizona (primary)

Mitt Romney, 47 percent
Rick Santorum, 27 percent
Newt Gingrich, 16 percent

February 28

Michigan (primary)

Mitt Romney, 41 percent
Rick Santorum, 38 percent
Ron Paul, 12 percent

March 3

Washington (caucus)

March 6
(Super Tuesday)

Alaska (caucus)
Georgia (primary)
Idaho (caucus)
Massachusetts (primary)
North Dakota (caucus)
Ohio (primary)
Oklahoma (primary)
Tennessee (primary)
Vermont (primary)
Virginia (primary)

March 6–10

Wyoming (caucus)

March 10

Kansas (caucus)
U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus)

March 13

Alabama (primary)
Hawaii (caucus)
Mississippi (primary)

March 17

Missouri* (caucus)

March 20

Illinois (primary)

March 24

Louisiana (primary)

April 3

District of Columbia (primary)
Maryland (primary)
Wisconsin (primary)

April 24

Connecticut (primary)
Delaware (primary)
New York (primary)
Pennsylvania (primary)
Rhode Island (primary)

May 8

Indiana (primary)
North Carolina (primary)
West Virginia (primary)

May 15

Nebraska (primary)
Oregon (primary)

May 22

Arkansas (primary)
Kentucky (primary)

May 29

Texas (primary)

June 5

California (primary)
Montana (primary)
New Jersey (primary)
New Mexico (primary)
South Dakota (primary)

June 26

Utah (primary)

* Missouri will hold a nonbinding primary on February 7 that will not select delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Instead, the Missouri Republican Party will hold a caucus on March 17 to select convention delegates.

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