2012 North Dakota Republican presidential caucuses

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Candidate Rick Santorum Ron Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Pennsylvania Texas
Delegate count 6 2
Popular vote 4,510 3,186
Percentage 39.7% 28.1%

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Candidate Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Georgia
Delegate count 20 0
Popular vote 2,691 962
Percentage 23.7% 8.5%

The 2012 North Dakota Republican presidential caucuses were held on March 6, 2012.[1] North Dakota has 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention;[2] despite Rick Santorum's nominal win in the preference poll conducted during the caucuses, the majority of the delegates elected by the state party convention later in March said they supported Romney.[3]


2012 North Dakota Republican presidential caucuses[4]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates [1]
Rick Santorum 4,510 39.7% 6
Ron Paul 3,186 28.1% 2
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Mitt Romney
2,691 23.7% 20
Newt Gingrich 962 8.5% --
Unprojected delegates 0
Totals 11,349 100.0% 28

Convention controversy

North Dakota Republican Party had its state convention from Friday March 30 to Sunday April 1 where twenty-five unbound National Convention delegates were elected. Rick Santorum had won the strawpoll at the Legislative Districts caucuses on Super Tuesday with a large margin to Ron Paul in second place and Mitt Romney in third place. The state party's national delegate nominating committee recommended a slate of delegates based on participation in the party. There was no requirement that the delegates personally support any particular candidate. The slate was merely a means for the party's nominating committee to place names into nomination at the convention based on criteria that weighted previous participation in and financial support for the party. Additional names were nominated at the convention itself and the national delegates and alternates were elected by the state convention delegates. State Party rules only required that the national delegates chosen at the state convention caucus before or at the national convention and determine whether or how to reflect the previous strawpoll result. In August, 2012, the national delegation caucused in Tampa, Florida, at the Republican National Convention, and allowed each national delegate to vote their own conscience. According to Santorum and Paul supporters the slate placed into nomination by the party's nominating committee should have lived up to the strawpoll result, but instead gave Romney a large majority of the delegates. This misunderstanding of state party rules and procedures lead former NDGOP Chairman Gary Emineth to call the vote undemocratic and a railroad job.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b "North Dakota Republican Delegation 2012". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  2. ^ Nate Silver (March 4, 2012). "Romney Could Win Majority of Super Tuesday Delegates". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Santorum delegate plan hits wall in North Dakota. Associated Press. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  4. ^ "Live Caucus Results". NDGOP Presidential Caucus Information. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-07.