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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Massachusetts Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Deadline for Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 28 April 2012
Deadline for State Committee Meeting: Tuesday 12 June 2012 (tentative)
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"266,313  71.89%38  92.68%41 100.00%
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"44,564  12.03%  
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"35,219   9.51%  
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"16,991   4.59%  
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.2,268   0.61%  
No Preference1,793   0.48%  
Perry, James Richard "Rick"991   0.27%  
Bachmann, Michele M.865   0.23%  
Blanks808   0.22%  
Others613   0.17%  
Uncommitted 3   7.32% 
Total370,425 100.00%41 100.00%41 100.00%

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Unpledged delegate preferences as of
13 March 2012: Romney 2.
9 April 2012: Romney 3.
Source: Democratic Convention Watch 2012 GOP Superdelegate Endorsement List

28 April 2012 policymic: Ron Paul Wins Massachusetts Delegates in District Caucuses

The delegate selection processes herein, was updated on 3 November 2011.



Tuesday 6 March 2012: 38 of 41 delegates to the Republican National Convention are proportionally allocated to presidential contenders based on the statewide results of today's Massachusetts Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates. [Plan for the selection of delegates. I. 1.4, 1.5; IV. 4.1, 4.2]

After the primary, the Allocation Committee meets to determine how to apportion the 38 pledged National Convention Delegates to those Presidential contenders receiving at least 15% of the statewide vote. The number of delegates allocated to each candidate = (vote received by that candidate) ÷ (total votes of all candidates receiving at least 15% of the vote). The Allocation Committee determines how rounding of fractions is to be handled.

  • There are 27 District delegates (3 from each of the state's 9 Congressional Districts).
  • There are 11 At-Large delegates.
  • This is what the Allocation Committee did in 2008: The statewide Romney/McCain vote was split 55.5% to 44.5% and the state had 40 delegates. Using that ratio, the delegates were split Romney 22 to McCain 18. Using that same ratio, the 10 CDs were split Romney 6 to McCain 4. The 4 Congressional districts that McCain had his highest percentage of the vote in (whether he carried the district or not) elected 2 McCain delegates and 1 Romney delegate while the remaining 6 CDs elected 2 Romney delegates and 1 McCain delegate. The At-Large delegates were then split between the two candidates to achieve the 22 to 18 delegate allocation.

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

All delegates ... whose selection is made ... by ... Presidential Primary ... shall vote on the first such roll call for that presidential candidate unless released by such candidate. [G.L. c.53, 70I] [Plan I. 1.4]

We have allocated the state's 38 bound delegates proportionally to those candidates receiving 15% or more of the statewide primary vote.

Tuesday 6 March 2012 Primary
ContestMitt RomneyRick Santorum
Delegates  38  38   
Source: 2012 Massachusetts Presidential Primary Results

Saturday 28 April 2012: Deadline for Congressional District Conventions. 27 District delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

30 April 2012 update: All delegates are bound to Romney. However, reports indicate that 16 delegates support Paul, 10 support Romney, and 1 is unknown.

  • CD 1: Paul 2, Unknown 1
  • CD 2: Paul 3
  • CD 3: Paul 3
  • CD 4: Romney 3
  • CD 5: Paul 3
  • CD 6: Paul 2, Romney 1
  • CD 7: Paul 3
  • CD 8: Romney 3
  • CD 9: Romney 3

References: Massachusetts 5th district delegates all go to Ron Paul!, Sweeping in Massachusetts, Ron Paul supported by 16 Massachusetts delegates, says campaign, Romney's Former Lt. Governor Loses Delegate Bid In Massachusetts.

From Red Mass Group on 15 June 2012: MassGOP Allocation Committee bounces delegates and alternates for "failure to follow the rules" "... the Allocation Committee of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee has informed 17 delegates and alternates that they are not qualified to go to the convention in Tampa ..."


As of 24 February 2012, the date for the State Committee meeting has not been set.

Tuesday 12 June 2012 (tentative): Deadline for State Committee Meeting. 11 At-Large delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

27 July 2012 from MA Liberty Caucus: Sixteen Massachusetts Duly Elected Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention formally file challenges to the RNC. MA Liberty Caucus files 16 Challenges..


On 21 January 2011 H01972 was filed. This bill would change the state's partisan and Presidential primaries to be held concurrently on the 1st Tuesday in June-- 5 June 2012. Current law sets the Presidential Primary to the 1st Tuesday in March and the Partisan Primary to 7th Tuesday preceding the November General Election [The General Laws of Massachusetts, Title VIII, Chapter 53: Section 28.]. The bill's sponsors are Representatives James J. Dwyer (Democratic) and Bradley H. Jones (Republican).

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