Democratic Party presidential primaries, 2012

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


Previous Democratic nominee
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Stuart Hughes

The 2012 Democratic Party presidential primaries and caucuses were a series of electoral contests organized by the Democratic Party to select the unknown number of delegates to the Democratic National Convention held in Summer 2012 and determine the 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 convention also approved the Party's platform and vice-presidential nominee.

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 Selina was said to come in 3rd).

That summer, the 2012 Democratic 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.

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Stuart Hughes

Governor of Michigan






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Selina Meyer

U.S. Senator from Maryland

(2003 - 2013)


Withdrew: March 2012


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Background Edit

What is known about politics before Hughes took office is that the Republican Party nominated someone in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, who would end up beating Democratic nominee 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

Selina came in 3rd place in the Iowa Caucus, the first primary of the cycle. She did very well in the New Hampshire primary (which she would end up losing when she runs again in 2016) and was seen as a rising star within the party.


Super Tuesday 2012 states

On Super Tuesday, Selina did very poorly. She failed to win Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Texas, and the territory of Guam. She suspended her campaign that night.

Shortly after, Selina 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 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. 

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