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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Mass Meetings: Saturday 18 February 2012
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Precinct Mass Meetings / County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
District Conventions: Saturday 14 April 2012
State Convention: Friday 18 May - Saturday 19 May 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"425,395  47.19%52  68.42% 
Romney, Willard "Mitt"233,611  25.91%21  27.63%72  94.74%
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"176,259  19.55%3   3.95% 
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"59,100   6.56% 3   3.95%
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.1,813   0.20%  
Bachmann, Michele M.1,714   0.19%  
Perry, James Richard "Rick"1,696   0.19%  
Roemer, Charles E. "Buddy", III1,142   0.13%  
Johnson, Gary Earl740   0.08%  
Undecided  1   1.32%
Total901,470 100.00%76 100.00%76 100.00%

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Georgia Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 23 February 2012.


6 March 2012 primary returns from an source.


Saturday 18 February 2012: Precinct Mass Meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Conventions.

These Mass Meetings are for counties with populations over 80,000 and for those with populations under 80,000 and which opt to hold their Mass Meetings in February. [GAGOP Rule 9.2(B)].


Tuesday 6 March 2012: All 76 of Georgia's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders in today's Presidential Primary.

  • 42 district delegates bound to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the 14 congressional districts: each congressional district is assigned 3 National Convention delegates.
    • If a candidate receives a majority of the vote (more than 50%), that candidate is allocated all 3 of the district's delegates.
    • If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the candidate with the most votes (plurality) receives 2 delegates and the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes receives 1 delegate. [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party. 7.3(B)(3)]
  • 34 statewide delegates (10 base at-large, 21 bonus, plus 3 RNC delegates) are proportionally bound to presidential contenders according to the statewide vote. A mandatory 20% threshold is required for a presidential contender to receive National Convention delegates. [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party. 7.3(B)(4)]
    • Step 1- Proportional allocation: For each candidate receiving 20% or more of the vote, delegates = [the number of votes received by that candidate] × [34 statewide delegates] ÷ [the statewide vote]. Each candidate receives the whole number of delegates (that is, round down to the whole number).
    • Step 2- Rounding: If delegates remain, sort those candidates receiving 20% or more of the vote by the number of votes each candidate received. Then, beginning with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes, assign 1 of the remaining delegates to each candidate. If necessary, cycle through the candidates then start over with the candidate receiving the most votes. Repeat until all delegates are allocated.
  • The 3 RNC party leader delegates, the National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Georgia's Republican Party are bound to the candidate receiving the most votes statewide. Note: For the purposes of delegate allocation, these delegates are included in the statewide allocation. [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party. 7.3(B)(4)]

Georgia Code 21-2-193 requires the Executive Committee of both state parties to submit a list of candidates to appear on the presidential ballot.

Delegates ... to the National Convention shall be elected ... at the respective District Conventions and ... Delegates ... at large shall be elected at the State Convention and shall be bound to vote for the Presidential nominee elected in the Georgia Presidential Primary.... [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party. 7.3 A]

Georgia Code 21-2-196: "... a delegate or ... shall file a qualification oath ... pledging support ... to the candidate ... for the office of President ... for whom they are selected to support. The oath shall state that the delegate ... affirms to support such candidate until the candidate is either nominated ... or receives less than 35 percent of the votes for nomination ..., or until the candidate releases the delegates.... No delegate shall be required to vote for such candidate after two convention nominating ballots..."

Georgia Code 21-2-197: "Any delegate to a national convention whose presidential candidate withdraws ... shall be an unpledged delegate ..."

Tuesday 6 March 2012 Primary
CD240,933319,18346.864%29,15222.358% 10,17924.867%1
CD385,751344,79152.234%318,38221.436% 17,10519.947% 
CD861,014328,68647.015%213,13921.534% 15,48525.379%1
CD994,658349,43152.221%319,55920.663% 19,34120.433% 
CD1079,983342,92753.670%316,99721.251% 14,83818.551% 
CD1257,989325,90044.664%213,84123.868% 14,38924.813%1
CD1340,547321,59653.262%38,29120.448% 7,70318.998% 
CD1468,501335,27251.491%312,11817.690% 15,73622.972% 
Delegates 76  52  21  3
Allocate the statewide delegates to those candidates meeting the 20% threshold:
Gingrich: 47.189% of 34 delegates = 16.044 round to 16. Carry forward: 18.
Romney: 25.914% of 34 delegates = 8.811 round to 8. Carry forward: 10.
One by one, allocate the remaining 10 delegate slots to the candidate(s) meeting the
20% threshold ordered by their statewide vote. Repeat until all delegates are allocated.
Slot 1 to Gingrich (425,395 votes).
Slot 2 to Romney (233,611 votes).
Slot 3 to Gingrich (425,395 votes).
Slot 4 to Romney (233,611 votes).
Slot 5 to Gingrich (425,395 votes).
Slot 6 to Romney (233,611 votes).
Slot 7 to Gingrich (425,395 votes).
Slot 8 to Romney (233,611 votes).
Slot 9 to Gingrich (425,395 votes).
Slot 10 to Romney (233,611 votes).

Source: Georgia Secretary of State

16 March 2012 update from Georgia Republican Presidential Preference Primary Delegate Count.

"... the Georgia Republican Party released the official Republican Presidential Delegate count based upon the certified results from the Secretary of State ... : Newt Gingrich 52 Delegates, Mitt Romney 21, Rick Santorum 3 Delegates, Total: 76 Delegates. Of the 52 delegates won by Gingrich, 3 are the Georgia RNC members for whom there are no corresponding alternates under RNC rule. Therefore, the 3 candidates receive alternates as follows: Gingrich 49, Romney 21, Santorum 3.

Saturday 10 March 2012: Precinct Mass Meetings and County Conventions.

Precinct Mass meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Conventions. These Mass Meetings are for counties with a population of 80,000 and under that hold Mass Meetings and County Conventions on the same day.

Saturday 10 March 2012: County Conventions meet to elect Delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.


Saturday 14 April 2012. Congressional District Conventions meet in each Congressional Districts to elect the National Convention District Delegates according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary.

A replacement CD 13 Convention was called for Tuesday 19 June 2012 for the purpose of electing 3 Delegates and 3 Alternates to the National Convention. The replacement Convention was called after the State Convention overturned the results the original CD 13 convention due to the way that convention was conducted.


Friday 18 May - Saturday 19 May 2012. The State Convention meet to elect 31 At-Large Delegates to National Convention plus the National Commiteeman and National Committeewoman according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary.

In Presidential Election Years, the State Convention shall elect the National Commiteeman and National Committeewoman and Delegates at Large ... to the Republican National Convention in accordance with Rule 7.3. [Rules 7.1]


On 13 May 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (Republican) signed HB 454. The law moves the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to "a date selected by the Secretary of State which shall not be later than the 2nd Tuesday in June .... The Secretary of State shall select such date no later than December 1 ...." (Official Code of GA 21-2-191)

On 28 September 2011, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Political Insider" reports that Georgia's Presidential Primary will be on 6 March 2012.

On 29 September 2011, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that the Georgia Presidential Primaries will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2012.

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