ⓘ 2012 United States presidential election in Virginia

                                     

ⓘ 2012 United States presidential election in Virginia

The 2012 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Virginia voters chose 13 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.

Virginia was won by President Barack Obama with 51.16% of votes MITT Romney 47.28% and 3.88% victory.

In 2008, Obama won the state by 6.3%, becoming the first presidential candidate from the Democratic party to win Virginia with the nationwide Democratic landslide of 1964, but otherwise was a reliably Republican state prior to that. A large part of the democratic gains can be explained by the growth of progressive suburban Northern Virginia, particularly in Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Loudon County that twice voted for Obama. Obama increased strength in this densely populated region of more than canceled his weakness in rural Virginia. On the other hand, Obama suffered a historically bad impression, even in traditionally democratic countries, southwest Virginia, similar to his weak performance in neighboring West Virginia. The Republicans wanted to win the White house without taking Virginia in the next election, and for the first time since 1924.

Obama victory 2012 made him the first democratic President since Franklin Roosevelt to carry Virginia for the Democrats in two consecutive elections. The democratic victory also made in 2012 for the first time since 1948 that Virginia was more democratic than the nation as a whole, albeit narrowly, Obama carries Virginia by 3.88%, while winning at the national level, by 3.86%.

It was the first election since 1976 in which Virginia did not vote exactly the same as neighboring North Carolina.

                                     
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