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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Arizona Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 28 February 2012
District and Country Conventions: Saturday 7 April - Saturday 21 April 2012
District Caucus and State Convention: Saturday 12 May 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"239,167  46.87%29 100.00%26  89.66%
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"138,031  27.05%  
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"81,748  16.02%  
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"43,952   8.61% 3  10.34%
Perry, James Richard "Rick"2,023   0.40%  
Gonzales, Sarah1,544   0.30%  
Roemer, Charles E. "Buddy", III692   0.14%  
Sims, Paul Douglas530   0.10%  
Cisneros, Cesar418   0.08%  
Callahan, Mark Allen358   0.07%  
Perry, Al "Dick'310   0.06%  
Benjamin, Donald223   0.04%  
Levinson, Michael Stephen217   0.04%  
Dean, Kip198   0.04%  
Zack, Ronald156   0.03%  
Hill, Christopher V. "Chris"139   0.03%  
Lynch, Frank110   0.02%  
Arnett, Wayne Charles96   0.02%  
Perkins, Raymond Scott90   0.02%  
Welch, Matt86   0.02%  
Terr, Jim59   0.01%  
Skelley, Charles57   0.01%  
Bollander, Simon54   0.01%  
Total510,258 100.00%29 100.00%29 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein, was updated on 22 February 2012.

Republican Organization Bylaws District, County and State

28 February 2012 Primary returns from an official source. Certified 12 March 2012.

12 September 2011: Statement from Governor Jan Brewer Establishing Arizona’s 2012 Presidential Primary on February 28, 2012-- "Today I signed a proclamation establishing February 28 as the date of Arizona’s 2012 Presidential Preference Election. It has always been a priority of mine to ensure that Arizona and its voters play an influential role in the nomination process ..."

The Arizona Republican Party is sanctioned according to party rules: "No primary ... to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to Tuesday 6 March 2012 .... Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their processes at any time on or after 1 February 2012) ..." [Rule 15(b)]. "If a state party violates the timing rules ... the number of delegates from that state is reduced by 50%." [Rule 16(a), 16(e)(1)].


The information below reflects the 50% penalty.

Tuesday 28 February 2012: All of 29 of Arizona's delegates to the Republican National Convention are pledged to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in today's Arizona Presidential Primary.

Governor Romney, having received the most votes, receives 29 delegates.


Saturday 7 April - Saturday 21 April 2012: The Legislative District and County Conventions elect delegates to the state convention. Delegates are apportioned according to voter registration. "There shall be one delegate and one alternate from each county for each 1,000 registered Republicans [Continuing Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party (Revised Jan 22, 2011) Article VI. B.]


The information below reflects the 50% penalty. Each of the 9 Congressional District selected 1 rather 3 delegates. 20 rather than 28 were selected statewide.

Saturday 12 May 2012: The Arizona District Caucuses and State Republican Convention convenes. Delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

  • 9 district delegates to the Republican National Convention are chosen in today's District Caucuses with 1 delegates selected in each of the 9 congressional districts.
  • The State Convention chooses 20 at-large delegates from Arizona to the Republican National Convention.

In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Arizona's Republican Party, will attend the convention as bound delegates by virtue of their position.

Each delegate to the national convention shall use his best efforts at the convention for the party's presidential nominee candidate who received the greatest number of votes in the presidential preference election ... until the candidate releases the delegate ... withdraws from the race or until one convention nominating ballot .... [Arizona Revised Statutes 16-243]


21 July 2011: from Capitol Media Services - Brewer eyes moving Arizona's presidential primary to [the last Tuesday in January.

2 September 2011 from Fox News - Arizona Governor Will Not Move State's Presidential Primary to Jan. 31.

2 September 2011: Statement by Governor Jan Brewer - Arizona Presidential Debate - "Just as important as what I'm announcing today is what I'm not announcing: a formal date for Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election. I will for the time being keep my options open."

9 January 2012: Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman failed to notarize his petition and will not appear on the ballot.

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