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“This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

- Ronald Reagan “A Time for Choosing – 1964

Vice Presidential Debate

What time is the VP debate? 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Where will it be held? Centre college in Dansville Kentucky

Where can you see it? All the major networks
You can also watch the live stream below




Primary Archive 

2012 Republican Candidates

The 2012 Republican primary is in full swing with three candidates left standing. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich represent the final hope of defeating Barack Obama in November.




Current delegate counter from CNN

Current popular vote counter from Real Clear Politics


Suspended or Dropped Out

List of candidates who officially ran in the Republican primary race and then either dropped out or suspended their candidacy. Includes dates of their campaigns creation along with when they dropped out.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

Santorum announced he would suspend his campaign on April 10th 2012. He had amassed the highest delegate count after front-runner Mitt Romney.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Perry announced his candidacy on August 13th 2011. He ended his bid two days before the South Carolina Primary on January 19th 2012.

Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr.

Huntsman formally announced his candidacy on June 21st 2011. He ended his bid not long after the Iowa Caucus on January 16th 2012.

Michele Bachmann

Bachmann formally announced her candidacy on June 27th 2011. She ended her bid after the Iowa Caucus on January 4th 2012.

Businessman Herman Cain

Cain formally announced his candidacy on May 21st 2011. He suspended his campaign amid accusations of sexual harassment and a long-term extramarital affair on December 3rd 2011.

Rumored But Not Running
Current Indiana Representative Mike Pence

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

Businessman Donald Trump

Governor Mitch Daniels

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Detailed pages are being created for all of 2012 Republican candidates and more information will follow.


See the 2012 Republican Primary Debate section for the latest information.


See the 2012 Republican Primary polling section for the latest information.


Politico 2012 Candidate Tracker
A wonderful resource to keep tabs on all of the 2012 Republican candidates. The campaign tracker shows you where they are and what they are doing.

Iowa Straw Poll

The Iowa Straw Poll was held on August 11 2011. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the poll.

Social Media

Check out the 2012 republican social media page to find all of the candidates Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Primary & Caucus Dates

January 3rd 2012
After declaring Mitt Romney the winner of the Iowa Caucus the Iowa GOP reversed course and announced because of irregularities no winner could be declared. However they placed Rick Santorum as the new vote leader in terms of certified votes giving him the win in the eyes of the campaigns and the media.

Mitt Romney Wins Iowa Caucus, Santorum comes in Second, Ron Paul Third

January 10, 2012
Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Primary, Ron Paul came in second, Jon Huntsman third

January 21, 2012
Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina (primary), Mitt Romney came in second, Rick Santorum third.

January 31, 2012
Florida (primary) – Mitt Romney won, Newt Gingrich came in second, Santorum third, Ron Paul fourth

February 4, 2012
Nevada (caucus)
Mitt Romney won the Nevada Caucus with over 50% of the vote

February 4–11, 2012

Maine (caucus)

February 7, 2012 -
Colorado (caucus)
Rick Santorum won the Colorado Caucus with 40% of the vote

Minnesota (caucus)
Rick Santorum won the Minnesota caucus with over 44% of the vote

Missouri (primary)
Rick Santorum won the Missouri primary with over 50% of the vote

February 28, 2012

Arizona (primary)

Mitt Romney won the Arizona primary with 47% of the vote

Michigan (primary)

Mitt Romney won the Michigan primary with 41% of the vote

March 3, 2012
Washington (caucus)
Mitt Romney won the Washington caucus

March 6, 2012 (Super Tuesday)
Alaska (caucus) – Romney
Georgia (primary) – Gingrich
Idaho (caucus) – Romney
Massachusetts (primary) – Romney
North Dakota (caucus) – Santorum
Ohio (primary) – Romney
Oklahoma (primary) – Santorum
Tennessee (primary) – Santorum
Vermont (primary) – Romney
Virginia (primary) – Romney

March 6-10, 2012

Wyoming (caucus) – Romney

March 10, 2012

Kansas (caucus) – Santorum

U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus) – Romney

March 13, 2012

Alabama (primary) – Santorum

Hawaii (caucus) – Romney

Mississippi (primary) – Santorum

March 17, 2012
Missouri (GOP caucus) – Will select delegates

March 20, 2012
Illinois (primary)

March 24, 2012
Louisiana (primary)

April 3, 2012
District of Columbia (primary)
Maryland (primary)
Wisconsin (primary)

April 24, 2012
Connecticut (primary)
Delaware (primary)
New York (primary)
Pennsylvania (primary)
Rhode Island (primary)

May 8, 2012
Indiana (primary)
North Carolina (primary)
West Virginia (primary)

May 15, 2012
Nebraska (primary)
Oregon (primary)

May 22, 2012
Arkansas (primary)
Kentucky (primary)

June 5, 2012
California (primary)
Montana (primary)
New Jersey (primary)
New Mexico (primary)
South Dakota (primary)

June 26, 2012
Utah (primary)



Photo of a Map of FloridaThe election will culminate in the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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