2012 United States presidential primaries

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Nominee Stuart Hughes ??? Selina Meyer
Home state Michigan ??? Maryland
Place 1st 2nd 3rd
Contests won ??? ??? NH


Previous nominee
Stuart Hughes

The 2012 United States presidential primaries and caucuses were a series of electoral contests organized to select the unknown number of delegates to the 2012 National Convention and determine the party nominee for president of the United States in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. The elections took place within all fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories and occurred between January and June 2012.

The candidates who ran in the primaries were Michigan Governor Stuart Hughes, Maryland Senator Selina Meyer, and at least one other candidate who would come in 2nd place (as Meyer came in 3rd).

That summer, the 2012 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, officially nominated Hughes for president and Meyer for vice president. On November 6, 2012, Hughes and Meyer won the election, and they were both sworn in on January 20, 2013.

Candidates[edit | edit source]

Nominee[edit | edit source]

Withdrew during the primaries[edit | edit source]

Overview[edit | edit source]

Candidates Most recent position Campaign Contests won

Stuart Hughes

Governor of Michigan



Secured Nomination






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Selina Meyer


U.S. Senator from Maryland

(2003 - 2013)


Withdrew: March 2012


Timeline[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

What is known about politics before Hughes took office is that the opposition party nominated someone in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, who would end up beating candidate Blake Stewart in a 49-state landslide. This candidate would go on to win re-election in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

Primaries[edit | edit source]

Senator Selina Meyer ran for president in the 2012 election. Although she came in third in Iowa, Meyer won the New Hampshire primary and was considered a rising star in the party. However, she did very poorly on Super Tuesday, losing Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Guam. With no way forward, Meyer suspended her campaign.

Super Tuesday 2012 states

According to Mike, the two biggest mistakes of her primary campaign was she "looked tired and the hat. The hat hurt us". The two biggest mistakes according to Dan were that she "spent too much time in New Hampshire and the attack ads in Oregon came up way too soon. It made you look mean before you had to be mean." According to Meyer, she spoke in favor of immigration amnesty all throughout the primary campaign.

Shortly after, Meyer met with frontrunner Stuart Hughes to discuss being his running mate. Despite a contentious meeting, Hughes was impressed by Selina's candor and selected her to be his running mate. That summer, Hughes and Meyer were nominated at the National Convention in Milwaukee.

See also[edit | edit source]

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