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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Presidential Straw Poll: Wednesday 7 December 2011
Primary: Tuesday 24 April 2012
State Convention: Saturday 28 April 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"16,143  56.46%17 100.00%17 100.00%
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"7,742  27.08%  
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"3,017  10.55%  
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"1,690   5.91%  
Total28,592 100.00%17 100.00%17 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated on 29 December 2011.

24 April 2012 primary returns from an official source. Last accessed 29 June 2013.


Wednesday 7 December 2011: Presidential Straw Poll at the Delaware Republican Party State Committee Dinner. Participants will include Republican State Committee members, Delegates and Alternates to the 2011 State Convention, and Delegates to the 2011 DFRW Convention.

Romney 39%
Palin1% (Write-in)

Participation in Delaware's delegate selection process is open to all voters who are registered to vote as Republicans.

Tuesday 24 April 2012: All 17 of Delaware's delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes statewide in today's Delaware Presidential Primary.

  • The delegates are bound for the first ballot at the National Convention.
  • Delaware has 1 Congressional District so the CD vote = the statewide vote.

The 3 party leaders delegates (the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Delaware's Republican Party) will attend the National Convention by virtue of their position. They are however, bound to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in the Presidential primary.


Saturday 28 April 2012: Delaware State Convention. The State Convention elects the National Convention delegates according to the results of the primary.


On 27 July 2011, Governor Jack A. Markell (Democratic) signed SB 89. The bill moves the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to the 4th Tuesday in April and was sponsored by state Senator Michael S. Katz (Democratic) and state Representative Earl G. Jaques, Jr, (Democratic).

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  The Middletown Transcript
  The Sussex Countian - Georgetown
  Wake Up Delaware
  WBOC TV - CBS, UPN - Salisbury
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