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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 7 February 2012
County Assemblies complete: Wednesday 28 March 2012
District Conventions: Thursday 12 April - Friday 13 April 2012
State Convention: Saturday 14 April 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"26,614  40.31%6  16.67% 
Romney, Willard "Mitt"23,012  34.85%14  38.89%28  77.78%
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"8,445  12.79%  
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"7,759  11.75%  
Write-in71   0.11%  
Perry, James Richard "Rick"52   0.08%  
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.46   0.07%  
Bachmann, Michele M.28   0.04%  
Uncommitted 16  44.44% 
Abstention  8  22.22%
Total66,027 100.00%36 100.00%36 100.00%

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Unpledged delegate preferences as of
16 April 2012: Romney 1.
Source: Democratic Convention Watch 2012 GOP Superdelegate Endorsement List

The delegate selection processes herein was updated 12 October 2011.

7 February 2012 Caucus results from Colorado Republican Party, CNN, Google.

14 April 2012 from The Republic: Romney lost Colorado caucuses, but has most delegates - for now. "Colorado's GOP has chosen 13 Romney delegates and 6 Santorum delegates. The remaining 17 delegates are unpledged...."

16 April 2012: Cortez Journal. Two CD 3, unpledge delegates, Todd King and Luke Kirk, support Ron Paul.


Precinct caucus attendees must be registered to vote and affiliated with the Republican Party and must be a resident of their precinct to be eligible to participate in their precinct caucus.

Tuesday 7 February 2012: Precinct Caucuses meet in each precinct at 7p MST to choose delegates to the County Assemblies and District Conventions. Caucuses last about 1.5 hours. There are 2,917 precincts.

  • There is no formal system applied in the Precinct Caucus to relate the presidential preference of the participants to the choice of the precinct's delegates to the Colorado County Assemblies and District Conventions; however, a non-binding Presidential Preference poll of the delegates will be conducted. (NOTE: It is the District Conventions and the State Convention that will actually pledge Republican National Convention delegates to presidential contenders).

Delegates selected at the Precinct Caucuses may (but are not required to) declare their Presidential Preference.

Since no National Convention delegates are bound to Presidential contenders, the Precinct Caucuses do not violate the RNC's Tuesday 6 March 2012 timing rule.

Here's how we estimate the delegate count on 7 February 2012: (Note that zero national convention delegates are allocated during the Precinct Caucuses - national convention delegates are first elected in March.)

We will soft count the state's 33 non-party leader delegates proportionally according to the popular vote for those candidates receiving 5% or more of the vote. This is a very rough estimate and will change by the time the district and state conventions meet.

Tuesday 7 February 2012 Precinct CaucusSource: Colorado Republican Party
100% Precincts Reporting
Delegates  33  13  12  4  4

Before Wednesday 28 March 2012: County Assemblies.

Delegates to the District and State Convention declare their Presidential Preference or indicate that they are unpledged. No National Convention delegates are elected.


Thursday 12 April - Friday 13 April 2012: Colorado's District Conventions. The Congressional District 7 Convention is held on 12 April and Congressional Districts 1 through 6 are conducted on 13 April.

Distict Caucuses choose the 21 National Convention Delegates (3 in each of Colorado's 7 Congression Districts) along with the district's delegates to the Colorado State Republican Convention.

  • There is no formal system applied in the District Caucus to relate the presidential preference of the District Caucus delegates to the choice of the election district's delegates to the National or State Republican Convention. The delegates in attendance at each District Caucus alone determine if presidential preference is to be a factor and, if so, how it is to be applied.

Thursday 12 April - Friday 13 April 2012 District Conventions
CD1  3     1  2
CD2  3     1  2
CD3  3  1     2
CD4  3     1  2
CD5  3  1  2   
CD6  3  2     1
CD7  3  1  1  1
Delegates  21  5  6  10

Delegates to the Republican National Convention:

  • Congressional District 1
    • Nancy McKiernanm, Santorum
    • Celement Koerber Jr., Unpledged
    • Florence Sebern, Unpledged
  • Congressional District 2
    • Timothy Leonard, Unpledged
    • Sue Sharkey, Santorum
    • Solomon Martinez, Unpledged
  • Congressional District 3
    • Todd King, Unpledged (Note 1)
    • Luke Kirk, Unpledged (Note 1)
    • Frieda Wallison, Romney
  • Congressional District 4
    • Guy Short, Unpledged
    • Sean Conway, Santorum
    • Karen Pelzer, Unpledged
  • Congressional District 5
    • John Suthers, Romney
    • Robin Coran, Santorum
    • Kent Lambert, Santorum
  • Congressional District 6
    • John Carson, Romney
    • Ted Harvey, Unpledged
    • Erik Hansen, Romney
  • Congressional District 7
    • Pete Coors, Romney
    • Anil Mathai, Santorum
    • Jeremy Strand, Unpledged

Alternate Delegates to the Republican National Convention:

  • Congressional District 1
    • Earl Bandy III, Unpledged
    • Elizabeth Buchanan, Unpledged
    • David Bittner, Paul
  • Congressional District 2
    • Jon Warnick, Unpledged
    • Bryce Carlson, Romney
    • Kaye Ferry, Romney
  • Congressional District 3
    • Nancy Carlson, Romney
    • Michelle Gilleland, Romney
    • Barbara Smith, Romney
  • Congressional District 4
    • Kendal Unruh, Unpledged
    • Jim Gaston, Unpledged
    • Justin Williams, Romney
  • Congressional District 5
    • Robert Balink, Romney
    • Charles Aligaen, Paul
    • Joseph Burke, Paul
  • Congressional District 6
    • Glenn Hagen, Romney
    • Ryan Massfeller, Romney
    • Jeff Wasden, Romney
  • Congressional District 7
    • Lloyd Garcia, Unpledged
    • Libby Szabo, Unpledged
    • Robert Eskenberry, Paul

Note 1: On 16 April 2012, Two CD 3, unpledge delegates, Todd King and Luke Kirk, announced their support for Ron Paul. This changes the soft count from Unpledged 10, Santorum 6, Romney 5 to Unpledged 8, Santorum 6, Romney 5, Paul 2. Reference: Cortez Journal.


Saturday 14 April 2012: The Colorado State Republican Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses 12 of 36 delegates from Colorado to the Republican National Convention.

  • There is no formal system applied in the Convention to relate the presidential preference of the Convention delegates to the choice of the Convention's delegates to the Republican National Convention. The delegates in attendance at the State Convention alone determine if presidential preference is to be a factor and, if so, how it is to be applied.

In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Colorado's Republican Party, will attend the convention by virtue of their position, bound to the candidate of choice.

Saturday 14 April 2012 State Convention
Statewide  12  8  4
Delegates  12  8  4

Statewide Delegates to the Republican National Convention:

  • Bob Beauprez, Romney
  • Hank Brown, Romney
  • J. Paul Brown, Romney
  • Kevin Grantham, Unpledged
  • Paul Archer, Romney
  • Katie Witt, Romney
  • Dudley Brown, Unpledged
  • Keri Brehm, Unpledged
  • John England, Unpledged
  • Monica Owens, Romney
  • Lori Horn, Romney
  • Deidre Harper, Romney

Statewide Alternate Delegates the Republican National Convention:

  • Shari Williams, Romney
  • Merilou Athens-Barnekow, Unpledged
  • Wayne Williams, Romney
  • Judith Spady, Unpledged
  • Heather Smith, Romney
  • Daniel Green, Romney
  • Froncoise Bergan, Romney
  • Ted Kuroiwa, Unpledged
  • Kim Ransom, Unpledged
  • Alexander Casetta, Unpledged
  • Joy Hoffman, Romney
  • Joseph Woyte, Unpledged

Automatic Delegates

  • National Committeewoman
    • Lilly Nunez (Romney)
  • National Committeeman
    • Mike Kopp

From The Washington Times: Colorado further evidence Ron Paul will challenge Romney in Tampa. "13 unpledged delegates ... will vote for Ron Paul on the first ballot. One unpledged delegate will vote for Santorum. The remaining three unpledged delegates ... [the RNC delegates] will likely vote for Romney."


20 July 2011: The Colorado Statesman reports that the Colorado GOP could move caucuses to February if states other than the pre-windows states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada) begin before 6 March 2011.

24 September 2011 - FoxNews: Colorado GOP Moves Up 2012 Caucuses to Day After Iowa's The Republican Central Committee votes to move the non-binding 6 March 2012 Precinct Caucuses to 7 February 2012.

On Friday 27 May 2011, Governor John W. Hickenlooper (Democratic) signed SB11-189. The law moves the state's partisan primary from the 2nd Tuesday in August to the last Tuesday in June-- 26 June 2012-- ("... a primary election shall be held ... on the last Tuesday in June of even-numbered years ..." [CO Revised Statutes 1-4-101(1)]) and moves the Democratic and Republican Presidential Precinct caucuses from the 1st Tuesday in February to the 1st Tuesday in March-- 6 March 2012-- ("the precinct caucuses shall be held on the first Tuesday in March ..." [CO Revised Statutes 1-3-102 (1) (a) (I)]).

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