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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright North Carolina Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Conventions: February 2012 (tentative)
County Conventions: March 2012 (tentative)
District Conventions: Saturday 7 April - Saturday 28 April 2012
Primary: Tuesday 8 May 2012
State Convention: Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"638,601  65.62%36  65.45%48  87.27%
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"108,217  11.12%6  10.91%7  12.73%
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"101,093  10.39%6  10.91% 
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"74,367   7.64%4   7.27% 
No Preference50,928   5.23%  
Uncommitted 3   5.45% 
Total973,206 100.00%55 100.00%55 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 30 January 2012.

North Carolina Republican Party Plan of Organization - Adopted June 3, 2011

On 28 March 2011, state Senator Andrew C. Brock (Republican) filed S440. This bill would move the Presidential Primary from the Tuesday after the 1st Monday in May to the 1st Tuesday in March.

8 May 2012 returns from an official source.


February 2012 (tentative): Precinct Conventions. The precinct conventions elect delegates to the county conventions [North Carolina Republican Party Plan of Organization. Adopted June 3, 2011. Article II. A. 3].


March 2012 (tentative): County Conventions. The County Conventions elect delegates to the state District and State conventions [Article III. A. 2. b. iii].


Saturday 7 April - Saturday 28 April 2012: District Conventions.

"In every Presidential Election Year the Congressional District Convention shall elect 3 Delegates ... to the Republican National Convention and shall nominate 1 Presidential Elector, who must not be a current elected public official (pursuant to state law)." [ARTICLE V. A. 2. d.]. Note: The National Convention delegate are determined at the post-primary State Convention.

CD 1: Saturday 28 April.
CD 2: Saturday 21 April.
CD 3: Saturday 21 April.
CD 4: Saturday 28 April.
CD 5: Saturday 28 April.
CD 6: Tuesday 10 April.
CD 7: Saturday 14 April.
CD 8: Saturday 21 April.
CD 9: Saturday 21 April.
CD 10: Saturday 28 April.
CD 11: Saturday 14 April.
CD 12: Tuesday 24 April.
CD 13: Saturday 14 April.


Tuesday 8 May 2012: 52 of North Carolina's 55 delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's North Carolina Primary.

  • The State Chairman shall allocate Delegate positions between the Candidates accurately reflecting the division of votes in the statewide primary. Each person nominated as a Delegate at either the District or State Convention must have publicly declared as a representative of a Candidate on the Presidential Preference Primary ballot prior to the election of Delegates to the National Convention. [North Carolina Republican Party Plan of Organization. ARTICLE VII. F.] [North Carolina General Statutes, specifically Section 163-213.8]
  • The "Uncommitted" position, not being a candidate, might not receive any delegates.

The 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the North Carolina's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unbound delegates by virtue of their position.

Tuesday 8 May 2012 Primary
Delegates 52  36  6  6  4

Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012: The State Convention. The State Convention elects the National Convention Delegates according to the results of the primary.

In addition, the convention elects the National Committeeman and National Committeewoman. Party Chairman Robin Hayes was elected in June 2011 to a 2 year term and will serve through 2013.

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Election Authority
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  Goldsboro News-Argus
  Hickory Daily Record
  Mooresville Tribune
  Mount Olive Tribune
  News & Record - Greensboro - North Carolina - North Carolina
  Star-News - Wilmington
  Statesville Record and Landmark
  The Courier-Tribune - Asheboro
  The Daily News - Jacksonville
  The McDowell News
  The Morganton News Herald
  The New Bern Sun Journal
  The Pilot - Southern Pines
  The Star - Shelby
  Winston-Salem Journal
  WRAL TV - CBS - Raleigh


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  30 December 2009 - Democratic Change Commission's Recommendations for the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process  
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  Historical Analysis of the apportionment of delegate votes at the National Conventions of the two major parties  
  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Statutory Election Information of the Several states / Presidential Primary  
  Dates of PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES re: selection and/or allocation/distribution of Delegates to Major Party National Conventions  
  Major Third Party (Constitution, Green, Libertarian) Presidential Nomination Process  
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