2012 United States presidential election in Kentucky

Election in Kentucky
2012 United States presidential election in Kentucky

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Turnout59.70%[1]Decrease
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Nominee Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Massachusetts Illinois
Running mate Paul Ryan Joe Biden
Electoral vote 8 0
Popular vote 1,087,190 679,370
Percentage 60.49% 37.80%

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County Results

Romney

  50–60%
  60–70%
  70–80%
  80–90%

Obama

  40–50%
  50–60%


President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

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

Romney carried Kentucky by a landslide margin, winning 60.49% of the vote to Obama's 37.80%. This represented a margin of 22.69%, a great improvement for the Republican Party from 2008, when they won with a 16.23% margin. Although Kentucky had been won by Southern Democrat Bill Clinton twice in the 1990s, Obama was seen as a poor cultural fit for the state, and he did not compete here either time he ran. The Romney campaign also attacked Obama's administration as being hostile to the coal industry, historically an important part of the state's economy. Consequently, Obama suffered a historically poor showing in the traditionally, staunchly Democratic coalfields of Eastern Kentucky. Many counties that had voted even for landslide Democratic losers like George McGovern and Walter Mondale defected to the Republicans in 2012. Knott County, which had given Clinton 73% of the vote in 1996, gave Romney 73% of the vote in 2012. Even Elliott County, the only county in the state in which Obama had broken 60% in 2008, barely held on in 2012, giving Obama a narrow plurality win, his only victory in the region, and one of just four county wins in the entire state. Wolfe County, which had returned to the Democratic Party in 2004 and 2008 after casting its first-ever Republican vote for George W. Bush in 2000, went for Romney by over twenty points, making Obama the first Democrat to win the White House without carrying it since the county's founding in 1860.

The only part of the state where Obama won convincingly was Jefferson County, the most urban and populous county in the state, and home to Louisville. He also eked out a close win in Fayette County, the second-most populous county, home to Lexington. Despite losing five counties he won in 2008, he managed to flip Franklin County, home to the state capital of Frankfort, which he had narrowly lost in 2008. This is the last time Elliott and Franklin Counties voted for a Democrat.

Primaries

Democratic

Kentucky Democratic primary, 2012

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Candidate Barack Obama Uncommited
Home state Illinois n/a
Delegate count 39 34
Popular vote 119,293 86,925
Percentage 57.85% 42.15%

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Kentucky results by county
  Barack Obama
  Uncommited
  Tie

Barack Obama's only "opponent" in the primary was the "Uncommited" ballot option, which garnered more than 42% of the primary vote, making Kentucky one of Obama's worst contested primary results.[2]

Kentucky Democratic primary, 2012[3]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
America Symbol.svg Barack Obama 119,293 57.85% 39
Uncommitted 86,925 42.15% 34

Republican

Kentucky Republican primary, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Texas Pennsylvania
Delegate count 42 0 0
Popular vote 117,621 22,074 15,629
Percentage 66.77% 12.53% 8.87%

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Candidate Newt Gingrich Uncommited
Home state Georgia N/A
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 10,479 10,357
Percentage 5.95% 5.88%

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Kentucky results by county
  Mitt Romney
(Note: Italicization indicates a withdrawn candidacy)
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The Republican primary occurred on May 22, 2012.[4][5] 42 delegates were chosen, all of which were allocated to and pledged to vote for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Three delegates remain unpledged to any candidate. All Republicans in Kentucky were allowed to participate in the primary. A Republican primary was also held in Arkansas on this day.

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich withdrew from the presidential race on April 10 and May 2, 2012, respectively. Both endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.

Kentucky Republican primary, 2012[6]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
America Symbol.svg Mitt Romney 117,621 66.8% 42
Ron Paul 22,074 12.53% 0
Rick Santorum 15,629 8.87% 0
Newt Gingrich 10,479 5.95% 0
Uncommitted 10,357 5.88% 0
Unpledged delegates: 3
Total: 176,160 100.00% 45
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

General election

Results

On election night, Kentucky went as expected to the Republican candidate Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney over Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama of bordering Illinois. Obama was reelected but nonetheless, lost Kentucky. In most recent years Democrats have maintained their lead in registered voters compared to Republicans.[7] However, Kentucky is known as a highly conservative state with a populist streak. In most recent presidential elections in Kentucky, Democrats usually achieve lower 40 or upper 30% margins. Obama performed significantly worse in 2012 than he did in 2008. Appalachian Kentucky used to be a place were Democrats thrived because of working-class people, particularly unionized coal miners.[8] However this region has become more and more Republican in recent years. Romney performed, for the most part, very well statewide. Obama won four counties. Obama was however able to maintain a solid performance in perhaps the most Democratic place in the state, Jefferson County (Louisville Metro). The other counties Obama won were Franklin, Elliott and Fayette.

United States presidential election in Kentucky, 2012[9]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 1,087,190 60.49% 8
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 679,370 37.80% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 17,063 0.95% 0
Independent Randall Terry Missy Smith 6,872 0.38% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 6,337 0.35% 0
Others 380 0.02% 0
Totals 1,797,212 100.00% 8
Voter turnout (registered voters) 59.24%

By county

County Barack H. Obama W. Mitt Romney Others Margin Total
# % # % # % # %
Adair 1,660 21.84% 5,841 76.86% 99 1.30% 4,181 55.01% 7,600
Allen 1,808 25.47% 5,184 73.02% 107 1.51% 3,376 47.56% 7,099
Anderson 3,315 32.13% 6,822 66.12% 181 1.75% 33.99% 10,318 10,318
Ballard 1,189 30.53% 2,647 67.96% 59 1.51% 1,458 37.43% 3,895
Barren 5,400 32.60% 10,922 65.93% 243 1.47% 5,522 33.34% 16,565
Bath 1,770 42.94% 2,275 55.19% 77 1.87% 505 12.25% 4,122
Bell 2,224 23.45% 7,127 75.16% 131 1.38% 4,903 51.71% 9,482
Boone 15,628 29.77% 35,920 68.43% 947 1.80% 20,292 38.66% 52,495
Bourbon 3,075 38.88% 4,692 59.32% 142 1.80% 1,617 20.45% 7,909
Boyd 7,776 40.84% 10,883 57.16% 381 2.00% 3,107 16.32% 19,040
Boyle 4,471 36.15% 7,703 62.28% 194 1.57% 3,232 26.13% 12,368
Bracken 1,147 35.51% 2,029 62.82% 54 1.67% 882 27.31% 3,230
Breathitt 1,562 31.19% 3,318 66.25% 128 2.56% 1,756 35.06% 5,008
Breckinridge 2,825 35.46% 5,025 63.07% 117 1.47% 2,200 27.61% 7,967
Bullitt 9,971 31.38% 21,306 67.05% 498 1.57% 11,335 35.67% 31,775
Butler 1,293 25.56% 3,716 73.47% 49 0.97% 2,423 47.90% 5,058
Caldwell 1,852 31.60% 3,904 66.62% 104 1.77% 2,052 35.02% 5,860
Calloway 5,314 35.28% 9,438 62.65% 312 2.07% 4,124 27.38% 15,064
Campbell 15,080 37.54% 24,240 60.34% 853 2.12% 9,160 22.80% 40,173
Carlisle 750 28.64% 1,835 70.06% 34 1.30% 1,085 41.43% 2,619
Carroll 1,629 44.27% 1,999 54.32% 52 1.41% 370 10.05% 3,680
Carter 3,383 37.99% 5,279 59.27% 244 2.74% 1,896 21.29% 8,906
Casey 1,086 17.83% 4,904 80.51% 101 1.66% 3,818 62.68% 6,091
Christian 8,252 37.59% 13,475 61.38% 226 1.03% 5,223 23.79% 21,953
Clark 5,228 33.93% 9,931 64.45% 251 1.63% 4,703 30.52% 15,410
Clay 1,111 15.05% 6,176 83.65% 96 1.30% 5,065 68.60% 7,383
Clinton 752 17.12% 3,569 81.24% 72 1.64% 2,817 64.12% 4,393
Crittenden 960 24.91% 2,839 73.66% 55 1.43% 1,879 48.75% 3,854
Cumberland 599 21.00% 2,216 77.67% 38 1.33% 1,617 56.68% 2,853
Daviess 16,208 38.52% 25,092 59.63% 779 1.85% 8,884 21.11% 42,079
Edmonson 1,374 29.46% 3,232 69.30% 58 1.24% 1,858 39.84% 4,664
Elliott 1,186 49.44% 1,126 46.94% 87 3.63% -60 -2.50% 2,399
Estill 1,356 26.16% 3,749 72.32% 79 1.52% 2,393 46.16% 5,184
Fayette 62,078 49.34% 60,793 48.32% 2,950 2.34% -1,285 -1.02% 125,821
Fleming 1,911 33.05% 3,780 65.38% 91 1.57% 1,869 32.32% 5,782
Floyd 4,733 31.79% 9,784 65.71% 373 2.51% 5,051 33.92% 14,890
Franklin 11,535 49.43% 11,345 48.61% 457 1.96% -190 -0.81% 23,337
Fulton 1,022 41.19% 1,425 57.44% 34 1.37% 403 16.24% 2,481
Gallatin 1,238 40.46% 1,758 57.45% 64 2.09% 520 16.99% 3,060
Garrard 1,661 23.47% 5,310 75.03% 106 1.50% 3,649 51.56% 7,077
Grant 2,810 32.65% 5,664 65.81% 132 1.53% 2,854 33.16% 8,606
Graves 4,547 29.35% 10,699 69.06% 247 1.59% 6,152 39.71% 15,493
Grayson 2,744 29.60% 6,404 69.09% 121 1.31% 3,660 39.49% 9,269
Green 1,165 23.99% 3,634 74.84% 57 1.17% 2,469 50.84% 4,856
Greenup 6,027 39.76% 8,855 58.41% 277 1.83% 2,828 18.66% 15,159
Hancock 1,833 44.35% 2,212 53.52% 88 2.13% 379 9.17% 4,133
Hardin 15,214 38.80% 23,357 59.57% 641 1.63% 8,143 20.77% 39,212
Harlan 1,830 17.17% 8,653 81.19% 175 1.64% 6,823 64.02% 10,658
Harrison 2,471 34.50% 4,556 63.60% 136 1.90% 2,085 29.11% 7,163
Hart 2,283 34.48% 4,256 64.28% 82 1.24% 1,973 29.80% 6,621
Henderson 8,091 43.47% 10,296 55.31% 227 1.22% 2,205 11.85% 18,614
Henry 2,530 38.42% 3,940 59.83% 115 1.75% 1,410 21.41% 6,585
Hickman 686 32.07% 1,431 66.90% 22 1.03% 745 34.83% 2,139
Hopkins 5,789 29.29% 13,681 69.22% 295 1.49% 7,892 39.93% 19,765
Jackson 618 12.20% 4,365 86.15% 84 1.66% 3,747 73.95% 5,067
Jefferson 186,179 54.84% 148,423 43.72% 4,922 1.45% -37,756 -11.12% 339,524
Jessamine 6,001 29.10% 14,232 69.02% 387 1.88% 8,231 39.92% 20,620
Johnson 1,723 19.07% 7,095 78.53% 217 2.40% 5,371 59.44% 9,036
Kenton 24,917 36.82% 41,387 61.15% 1,375 2.03% 16,470 24.34% 67,679
Knott 1,420 24.94% 4,130 72.55% 143 2.51% 2,710 47.60% 5,693
Knox 2,484 22.38% 8,467 76.28% 149 1.34% 5,983 53.90% 11,100
LaRue 1,733 30.07% 3,911 67.85% 120 2.08% 2,178 37.79% 5,764
Laurel 3,906 17.43% 18,151 81.00% 352 1.57% 14,245 63.57% 22,409
Lawrence 1,520 27.18% 3,995 71.44% 77 1.38% 2,475 44.26% 5,592
Lee 595 22.68% 1,977 75.37% 51 1.94% 1,382 52.69% 2,623
Leslie 433 8.75% 4,439 89.68% 78 1.58% 4,006 80.93% 4,950
Letcher 1,702 19.43% 6,811 77.77% 245 2.80% 5,109 58.34% 8,758
Lewis 1,342 28.14% 3,326 69.74% 101 2.12% 1,984 41.60% 4,769
Lincoln 2,582 28.21% 6,416 70.10% 154 1.68% 3,834 41.89% 9,152
Livingston 1,346 29.84% 3,089 68.48% 76 1.68% 1,743 38.64% 4,511
Logan 3,469 33.01% 6,899 65.65% 141 1.34% 3,430 32.64% 10,509
Lyon 1,373 35.77% 2,412 62.85% 53 1.38% 1,039 27.07% 3,838
Madison 11,512 34.55% 21,128 63.42% 677 2.03% 9,616 28.86% 33,317
Magoffin 1,433 29.21% 3,391 69.12% 82 1.67% 1,958 39.91% 4,906
Marion 3,418 46.72% 3,800 51.94% 98 1.34% 382 5.22% 7,316
Marshall 5,022 31.96% 10,402 66.20% 290 1.85% 5,380 34.24% 15,714
Martin 574 15.01% 3,180 83.14% 71 1.86% 2,606 68.13% 3,825
Mason 2,592 37.70% 4,194 60.99% 90 1.31% 1,602 23.30% 6,876
McCracken 10,062 32.95% 19,979 65.42% 499 1.63% 9,917 32.47% 30,540
McCreary 1,069 18.74% 4,564 80.01% 71 1.24% 3,495 61.27% 5,704
McLean 1,432 34.10% 2,705 64.40% 63 1.50% 1,273 30.31% 4,200
Meade 4,122 37.76% 6,606 60.52% 187 1.71% 2,484 22.76% 10,915
Menifee 1,048 40.34% 1,484 57.12% 66 2.54% 436 16.78% 2,598
Mercer 2,966 29.85% 6,820 68.64% 150 1.51% 3,854 38.79% 9,936
Metcalfe 1,425 34.06% 2,676 63.96% 83 1.98% 1,251 29.90% 4,184
Monroe 936 19.72% 3,762 79.27% 48 1.01% 2,826 59.54% 4,746
Montgomery 3,701 36.11% 6,398 62.43% 149 1.45% 2,697 26.32% 10,248
Morgan 1,369 30.61% 3,021 67.55% 82 1.83% 1,652 36.94% 4,472
Muhlenberg 4,771 37.46% 7,762 60.94% 204 1.60% 2,991 23.48% 12,737
Nelson 7,611 41.07% 10,673 57.59% 248 1.34% 13,602 45.78% 28,532
Nicholas 948 36.74% 1,583 61.36% 49 1.90% 635 24.61% 2,580
Ohio 2,987 30.97% 6,470 67.07% 189 1.96% 3,483 36.11% 9,646
Oldham 9,240 30.93% 20,179 67.55% 454 1.52% 10,939 36.62% 29,873
Owen 1,501 32.95% 2,971 65.23% 83 1.82% 1,470 32.27% 4,555
Owsley 283 17.91% 1,279 80.95% 18 1.14% 996 63.04% 1,580
Pendleton 1,859 33.59% 3,556 64.26% 119 2.15% 1,697 30.66% 5,534
Perry 2,047 19.99% 8,040 78.52% 153 1.49% 5,993 58.53% 10,240
Pike 5,645 23.89% 17,589 74.43% 398 1.68% 11,944 50.54% 23,632
Powell 1,620 36.48% 2,726 61.38% 95 2.14% 1,106 24.90% 4,441
Pulaski 4,976 19.14% 20,714 79.66% 313 1.20% 15,738 60.52% 26,003
Robertson 340 36.36% 579 61.93% 16 1.71% 239 25.56% 935
Rockcastle 1,097 17.65% 5,028 80.89% 91 1.46% 3,931 63.24% 6,216
Rowan 3,438 44.99% 4,035 52.81% 168 2.20% 597 7.81% 7,641
Russell 1,445 18.27% 6,346 80.26% 116 1.47% 4,901 61.98% 7,907
Scott 7,532 36.63% 12,679 61.65% 354 1.72% 5,147 25.03% 20,565
Shelby 6,634 35.55% 11,790 63.19% 235 1.26% 5,156 27.63% 18,659
Simpson 2,650 37.38% 4,355 61.43% 84 1.18% 1,705 24.05% 7,089
Spencer 2,549 30.23% 5,726 67.92% 156 1.85% 3,177 37.68% 8,431
Taylor 3,284 30.00% 7,551 68.98% 111 1.01% 4,267 38.98% 10,946
Todd 1,403 29.74% 3,247 68.82% 68 1.44% 1,844 39.08% 4,718
Trigg 2,115 31.38% 4,520 67.06% 105 1.56% 2,405 35.68% 6,740
Trimble 1,355 38.28% 2,133 60.25% 52 1.47% 778 21.98% 3,540
Union 1,941 32.49% 3,952 66.14% 82 1.37% 2,011 33.66% 5,975
Warren 16,805 38.29% 26,384 60.12% 700 1.59% 9,579 21.83% 43,889
Washington 1,669 31.99% 3,495 66.98% 54 1.03% 2,726 44.56% 6,118
Wayne 1,855 25.73% 5,289 73.36% 66 0.92% 3,434 47.63% 7,210
Webster 1,765 32.27% 3,607 65.94% 98 1.79% 842 18.84% 4,470
Whitley 2,683 20.53% 10,232 78.30% 153 1.17% 7,549 57.77% 13,068
Wolfe 976 38.14% 1,542 60.26% 41 1.60% 566 22.12% 2,559
Woodford 4,883 39.60% 7,219 58.54% 230 1.87% 2,336 18.94% 12,332
Total 679,363 37.81% 1,087,133 60.50% 30,272 1.68% 407,770 22.69% 1,796,768

Counties that flipped from Democratic to Republican

Counties that flipped from Republican to Democratic

See also

References

  1. ^ https://elect.ky.gov/SiteCollectionDocuments/Election%20Statistics/turnout/2011-2019/2012/SUMMARYGEn12.txt[bare URL plain text file]
  2. ^ Dougherty, Michael Brendan (2012-05-22). "Obama Is Getting Humiliated In The Kentucky Primary, 40 Percent Of Democrats Voted For 'Uncommitted'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  3. ^ "Kentucky Secretary of State" (PDF). elect.ky.gov. May 22, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Presidential Primary Dates" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Kentucky State Board of Elections
  7. ^ "Registration Statistics – State Board of Elections". elect.ky.gov. Archived from the original on 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  8. ^ "Appalachia Used To Be A Democratic Stronghold. Here's How To Make It One Again". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  9. ^ "Kentucky State Board of Elections". Kentucky State Board of Elections.

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