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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright New Jersey Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"184,734  81.26%50 100.00%50 100.00%
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"23,616  10.39%  
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"11,893   5.23%  
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"7,091   3.12%  
Total227,334 100.00%50 100.00%50 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated on 14 March 2012.


Tuesday 5 June 2012: All of New Jersey's 50 delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to a presidential contender in today's New Jersey Presidential Primary.

  • 50 delegates are bound to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in the primary statewide.
  • The delegate candidates appear on the ballot as a slate on the same ballot line, column or row as that of their respective presidential candidate. It is possible, however, for a voter to choose a delegate slate supporting a presidential contender other than the one for whom he/she might vote for in the Presidential Preference portion of the ballot.

The 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the New Jersey's Republican Party, will by virtue of their position, attend the convention pledged to the winner of the primary.

"The Delegate understands that he/she is bound by the results of the June 5th primary and must vote for [presidential candidate's name] on the first ballot at the national convention unless that candidate publicly announces that he/she no longer seeks the nomination." [Primary Election Petition to the Republican National Convention]


Three bills, A3777 introduced by Assemblyman Jonh S. Wisniewski (Democratic) on 10 February 2011; A757 introduced by Assemblyman John DiMaio (Republican) on 12 January 2010 (pushed from the last session); and S71 introduced by Senator Michael J. Doherty (Republican) on 12 January 2010 (pushed from the last session) would all change the date of the state's Presidential Primary from "Tuesday next after the first Monday in February" to "Tuesday next after the first Monday in June"-- the date of the state's regular primary.

On 19 May 2011, state Senator Donald Norcross (Democratic) introduced S2883. This bill would consolidate the partisan primary for Federal, state, and local offices with the Presidential primary on Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in June.

On 26 September 2011, Lieutenant Governor Kimberly M. "Kim" Guadagno (Republican)-- the acting governor while Governor Christopher J. "Chris" Christie (Republican) is out of state-- signed A3777. The 2012 New Jersey Presidential primary will be held on the same date as the state's partisan primary: "Tuesday next after the first Monday in June".

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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  
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