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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Presidential Straw Poll: Saturday 13 August 2011
Caucus: Tuesday 3 January 2012
County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
District Statutory Caucus: Saturday 21 April 2012
State Convention: Saturday 16 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"29,839  24.56%  
Romney, Willard "Mitt"29,805  24.53% 6  21.43%
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"26,036  21.43% 22  78.57%
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"16,163  13.30%  
Perry, James Richard "Rick"12,557  10.33%  
Bachmann, Michele M.6,046   4.98%  
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.739   0.61%  
No Preference147   0.12%  
Cain, Herman45   0.04%  
Others40   0.03%  
Palin, Sarah H.23   0.02%  
Roemer, Charles E. "Buddy", III17   0.01%  
Karger, Fred10   0.01%  
Johnson, Gary Earl8   0.01%  
Trump, Donald John, Sr.5   0.00%  
Ryan, Paul D.3   0.00%  
Giuliani, Rudolph William "Rudy"2   0.00%  
Huckabee, Michael Dale "Mike"2   0.00%  
Lange, Ben2   0.00%  
Moore, Roy Stewart2   0.00%  
Pawlenty, Timothy "Tim"2   0.00%  
Rice, Condoleezza2   0.00%  
Blankenship, Jared1   0.00%  
Buchanan, Patrick Joseph "Pat"1   0.00%  
McCain, John Sidney, III1   0.00%  
Nader, Ralph1   0.00%  
Ray, Robert Dolph1   0.00%  
Walker, Scott1   0.00%  
Uncommitted 28 100.00% 
Total121,501 100.00%28 100.00%28 100.00%

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Unpledged delegate preferences as of
13 March 2012: Paul 1, Santorum 1.
Source: Democratic Convention Watch 2012 GOP Superdelegate Endorsement List

The delegate selection processes herein, was updated 27 October 2011.

Iowa may begin their delegate selection primaries, caucuses, and conventions on Wednesday 1 February 2012. [The Rules of the Republican Party - Rule 15(b)(1)]. Since Iowa neither elects nor binds delegates until 16 June 2012, the 3 January 2012 caucuses do not violate the party's timing rules.

2012 Iowa Caucus and A BULLET-POINT GUIDE TO THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PARTY OF IOWA CAUCUSES from a party source.

3 January 2012 Google Source: Iowa Caucus 2012 Precinct Results
19 January 2012 Iowa Republican Party Source: 2012 Iowa Caucus Certified Results

19 January 2012: The certified results of the 3 January 2012 Precinct Caucuses are posted above. 1,766 out of 1,774 Precincts submitted results. The Precincts below failed to supply certified vote totals:

Cerro GordoMason City W2 P3
LeeFM 4A
LeeFranklin Cedar Marion
LeeWashington Green Bay Denmark
PocahontasCenter-S Roosevelt-N Lincoln


Saturday 13 August 2011: The Iowa Republican Party holds their Presidential straw poll. The date of the straw poll was announced on 16 December 2010.

13 August 2011
Iowa 2012 Ames Presidential Straw Poll Results

16,892 votes cast. This is the first time the poll allowed write-in votes.

Minnesota Congressman Michele M. Bachmann4,82328.6%
Texas Congressman Ron Paul4,67127.7%
former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty2,29313.6%
former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum1,657 9.8%
Herman Cain (of Georgia)1,456 8.6%
Texas Governor Rick Perry (write-in)718 4.3%
former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney567 3.4%
former Georgia Congressman Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich385 2.3%
Scattering162 1.0%
former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.69 0.4%
Michigan Congressman Thaddeus "Thad" McCotter35 0.2%

Notes: The Party web page indicates 16,892 votes were cast but the votes posted on that page total 16,836-- a difference of 56 votes. Media sources indicate Governor Perry received 768 votes rather than the 718 votes-- a difference of 50-- posted on the Party's page.

Source: Republican Party of Iowa - Ames Straw Poll Results


Only registered Republicans in the state of Iowa can participate in the Republican caucus. Individuals may register to vote as a Republican at the caucus.

Tuesday 3 January 2012: Republican Party Caucuses meet in each precinct at 7:00 pm CST. Each of the 1,774 Precinct Caucuses conducts a Presidential Poll by secret ballot and chooses the precinct's delegates to the County Convention.

  • There is no formal system applied in the Precinct Caucuses to relate the presidential preference of the Caucus participants to the choice of the precinct's delegates to the Republican Convention of the County in which the precinct is located. The participants at each Precinct Caucus alone determine if presidential preference is to be a factor in such choice and, if so, how it is to be applied.

Here's how we estimate the delegate count on 3 January 2012: (Note that zero national convention delegates are allocated during the Precinct Caucuses - national convention delegates are first elected in June.)

We will allocate the state's 25 non-party leader delegates proportionally according to the popular vote for those candidates receiving 5% or more of the vote. This is a very rough estimate and will change by the time the state convention meets.

Tuesday 3 January 2012 Precinct Caucus
Delegates  25  6  6  6  4  3

On 19 January 2012, Texas Governor James Richard "Rick" Perry stated "... today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president." Accordingly, we have moved the 3 "soft pledged" delegates we assigned to Governor Perry to "(available)". Since no National Convention delegates have actually been elected in Iowa, the "hard count" remains unchanged.


Saturday 10 March 2012: Republican Party County Conventions convene in each county. Each County Convention chooses delegates to both the Congressional District Conventions and the State Convention.

  • County Conventions choose both the county's delegates to the Republican Party Convention of the Congressional District the county is a part of as well as the county's delegates to the Iowa State Republican Convention. Again, there is no formal system applied in the County Convention to relate the presidential preference of the County Convention delegates to the choice of the county's delegates to either the Republican Convention of the Congressional District in which the county is located or the Iowa State Republican Convention. The delegates in attendance at each County Convention alone determine if presidential preference is to be a factor and, if so, how it is to be applied.

Saturday 21 April 2012: Republican Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district. As the delegates to the Iowa State Republican Convention have already been chosen, the sole business- insofar as the presidential campaign is concerned- of the District Convention is that of instructing the delegates to the Iowa State Republican Convention from the counties making up said congressional district as to the presidential contender most preferred by the delegates in attendance at the District Convention.

  • There is no formal system governing how the District Convention is to go about indicating its presidential preference to the Iowa State Republican Convention delegates from the counties making up a given congressional district. It is the delegates in attendance at the District Convention alone who decide how best to go about this.

State Central Committee - each of Iowa's 4 Congressional Distrcts elects 4 members to 2 year terms.

  • Congressional District 1
    • Dave Cushman (Paul)
    • Loras Schulte (Santorum)
    • Tony Krebsbach (unknown)
    • David Chung (unknown)
  • Congressional District 2
    • Jeff Shipley (Paul)
    • Marcus Fedler (Paul)
    • Mark Doland (Bachmann)
    • Bob Anderson (uncommitted due his position as county chairman)
  • Congressional District 3
    • Joel Kurtinitis (Paul)
    • John Kabitzke (Paul)
    • Gopal Krishna (uncommitted due to his position as state central committee member)
    • Wes Enos (Bachmann)
  • Congressional District 4
    • Kris Thiessen (Paul)
    • Tim Moran (central committee member, did not caucus but has worked for Romney)
    • Jamie Johnson (Santorum)
    • Chad Steenhoek (Gingrich)

Source: 21 April 2012, Des Moines Register: Winners of the Iowa GOP state central committee elections


Saturday 16 June 2012: The Iowa State Republican Convention officially convenes. 25 of 28 National Convention delegates are selected.

The delegates to the Iowa State Republican Convention gather: at this time, the delegates to the State Convention from each county making up a given congressional district meet in separate Congressional District Caucuses to choose the state's district delegates to the Republican National Convention.

  • Each of Iowa's 4 congressional districts are assigned 3 National Convention delegates. Thus, a total of 12 district delegates will be chosen by these Congressional District Caucuses. These 12 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be allocated to the presidential contenders in such a way as determined by each Congressional District Caucus.

The State Convention chooses the remaining 13 at-large of Iowa's delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 3 bonus delegates) to the Republican National Convention.

  • There is no formal system of allocating these 13 at-large National Convention delegates to presidential contenders. These delegates will be allocated according to the vote of the Iowa State Convention as a whole.

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

16 June 2012 from FoxNews: Ron Paul wins 21 of 25 delegates elected in Iowa ... Paul won 10 of 13 delegates elected at Saturday's state convention ... [and] ... 11 of 12 delegates elected at Friday night's district conventions.

16 June 2012 from The Iowa Republican: Ron Paul Backers Continue to Dominate Iowa's National Delegate Slate by Kevin Hall. 11 of 12 delegates delegates elected on Friday 15 June are Paul supporters.

  • Congressional District 1
    • Kelly Schoen (Veterans for Ron Paul)
    • Brent Oleson (endorsed Paul)
    • Jeff Luecke (endorsed Paul)
  • Congressional District 2
    • Ani DeGroot (Paul staff)
    • Bob Anderson (Johnson County GOP chair; publicly neutral, not on the slate passed out by Paul supporters)
    • Ed Kelenyi (Jefferson County central committee member; publicly neutral; on the slate passed out by Paul supporters)
  • Congressional District 3
    • Gopal Krishna (on the slate passed out by Paul supporters)
    • Nancy Bowery (Campaign for Liberty)
    • Glen Massie (State Representative; endorsed Paul)
  • Congressional District 4
    • Dusty Juhl (Campaign for Liberty)
    • Brian Kraft (Paul supporter)
    • Jeff Taylor (Paul supporter)

10 of 13 delegates elected at the Saturday 16 June state convention are Paul supporters. Reports indicate that 1624 delegates attended the convention.

National Committeeman: Steve Scheffler (Paul).
National Committeewoman: Kim Pearson (Paul).
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman &: Republican National Committee Member: A.J. Spiker (Ron Paul's state co-chair)

At-Large Delegates
Governor Terry E. Brandstad.
Senator Chuck Grassley.
Representative Renee Schulte.
Joni Scotter.
Senator Tim Kapucian.
Deb Thornton.
Jeanita McNulty.
Mark LeRette.
Connie Schmett.
Margaret Stolderf.
Rod Roberts.
Steven Sukup.
Cody Hoefert.

List of Delegates from the Iowa Republican Party as of 20 June 2012:

Delegates: Dr. Drew Ivers, Delegation Chairman, Hamilton, Steve Anders, Pottawattamie, Robert Anderson, Johnson, Andrea Bie, Allamakee, Nancy Bowery, Page, Governor Terry Branstad, Boone, Michelle Bullock, Polk, Ani DeGroot, Johnson, David Fischer, Polk, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Butler, Mark Hansen, Pottawattamie, Will Johnson, Dubuque, Dusty Juhl, Story, Ed Kelenyi, Jefferson, Brian Kraft, Boone, Gopal Krishna, Polk, Roger Leahy, Jefferson, Jeff Luecke, Dubuque, State Representative Glen Massie, Polk, James Mills, Floyd, Lexy Nuzum, Madison, Brent Oleson, Linn, Kelly Schoen, Linn, Margaret Stoldorf, Montgomery, Jeff Taylor, Sioux.
Alternates: Chelsy Askren, Clayton, Jennifer Bowen, Dallas, John Bowery, Page, Buddi Brooks, Pottawattamie, Chris Canny, Johnson, Sam Clovis, Plymouth, Jonas Cutler, Polk, Therese Davis, Guthrie, Aaron Dowdell, Marshall, Benjamin DuBois, Story, Mike Gresham, Fremont, Eric Grote, Franklin, Dr. Cody Hoefert, Lyon, Jeff Jorgensen, Pottawattamie, Tracee Knapp, Ringgold, Titus Landegent, Plymouth, Gabe Lanz, Polk, Ruth Long, Union, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Clarke, Lisa Smith, Wapello, Sarah Stokes, Black Hawk, Chet Swanson, Jefferson, Kurt Whalen, Scott, David Wiederstein, Cass, State Senator Brad Zaun, Polk.
Steve Scheffler and Tamara Scott were elected National Committeeman and National Committeewoman respectively.


An 8 February 2011 release by the Republican Party of Iowa states "The Iowa caucuses will take place on February 6, 2012.".

7 October 2011: CNN reports that Jan. 3 is tentative date for Iowa caucus. The party will meet on either 16 or 17 October 2011 to make that date official.
7 October 2011: The Des Moines Register reports: Iowa's tentative caucus date is Jan. 3; official vote in 10 days

17 October 2011: "A January 3 date provides certainty to the voters, to our presidential candidates, and to the thousands of statewide volunteers who make the Caucus process a reflection of the very best of our representative democracy" - Iowa Republican Chairman Matthew N. Strawn.

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