The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Puerto Rico Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Sunday 18 March 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"106,431  82.61%20  86.96%23 100.00%
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"10,574   8.21%  
Roemer, Charles E. "Buddy", III2,880   2.24%  
Write-in2,759   2.14%  
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"2,702   2.10%  
Karger, Fred1,893   1.47%  
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"1,595   1.24%  
Uncommitted 3  13.04% 
Total128,834 100.00%23 100.00%23 100.00%

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Puerto Rico Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
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Unpledged delegate preferences as of
13 March 2012: Gingrich 1, Romney 2.
20 March 2012: Romney 3.
Source: Democratic Convention Watch 2012 GOP Superdelegate Endorsement List

18 March 2012 results from CNN, Noticel. Returns from an official source.

18 March 2012 information. Thanks to Manuel Alvarez-Rivera for submitting these.

The delegate selection processes was updated 22 February 2012.

Reference from Caribbean Business 19 January 2012: GOP’s primary in PR taking shape. Submitted by Carlos J Muņiz.

Reference from Caribbean Business 20 February 2012: Ballot set for Puerto Rico's Republican primary. Submitted by Carlos J. Muņiz.

Article from nhpr 29 February 2012: As GOP Races On, Puerto Rico Could Be Battleground

Image of 18 March Republican Presidential Primary ballot.


Sunday 18 March 2012: Territorial Primary

20 of 23 of Puerto Rico's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to the presidential contenders based on the island-wide vote.

  • If a Presidential candidate receives 50% or more of the vote, that candidate receives all 20 delegates.
  • Otherwise, the delegates are allocated proportionally. (The threshold is apparently 15%. Rounding rules are not known.).

Delegates are directly elected on the primary ballot and are bound for the 1st ballot at the national convention. Voters may vote for as many as 20 delegates and can split their delegate candidate vote between candidates.[Article 8.021]

Gingrich has 20 delegate candidates; Karger 0; Paul 19; Roemer 0; Romney 20, and Santorum 0. In addition, there are 20 places for write-in delegate candidates.

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

Romney having won more than 50% of the island's votes, receives all 20 delegates.

Sunday 18 March 2012 Primary
Delegates  20  20   

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