The G.O.P. Candidates

On this page you will find a list of  those who are running, were running, considered running, and who many had hoped would run.

Beneath their images is the chronology of their campaign.

For information on each candidate or once potential candidate, scroll down and click on their image to be taken to the page dedicated to them.

Below the list of candidates, you will find a timeline that takes you through the history of the entire primary contest

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Officially Declared  Candidacies

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Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Click here for Bachman’s WH12 Presidential Contender page

  • June 14, 2011 – During a Republican Presidential Debate, Bachmann announced that she filed papers to run for President with the Federal Election Commission for a run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • June 18, 2011 – Bachmann places third in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll.
  • June 27, 2011 – Michele Bachmann officially announces her candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • August 13, 2011 – Michele Bachmann wins the Ames straw poll in Iowa.
  • January 4, 2012 – After placing sixth in Iowa, Bachmann suspended her presidential campaign

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Herman Cain

Click here for Herman Cain’s WH12 Presidential Contender Page

  • January 12, 2011 – Herman Cain announced the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a possible run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • May 21, 2011– Cain officially announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • June 18, 2011 – Cain places fourth in Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll.
  • September 26, 2011 – Herman Cain pulls off a surprise upset victory and wins the Florida 5 straw poll.
  • October 30, 2011 – 13 year old allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain surface in a report by Politico.com
  • November 5, 2011 — Herman Cain wins Sioux Falls Straw Poll.
  • December 3, 2011 — Cain announces the suspension of his campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

  • March 3, 2011 – Gingrich announces the formation of an informal exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • May 11, 2011 – Newt Gingrich officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 18, 2011 – Gingrich places sixth in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, 5 votes behind Mitt Romney and 28 votes ahead of Sarah Palin
  • December 7, 2011— Newt Gingrich wins Delaware state committee straw poll
  • December 19, 2011— Newt Gingrich narrowly wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll over Michele Bachmann
  • January 3, 2012 – Newt finishes fourth in Iowa with 16,163 votes (13%)
  • January 10, 2012 – Gingrich comes in fourth place in the New Hampshire Primary with 23,411 votes, a total of 9%.
  • January 19, 2012 – Rick Perry, who came in sixth in New Hampshire, withdraws from the race and endorses Newt Gingrich
  • January 21, 2012 – Newt wins the South Carolina Republican primary is won by Newt Gingrich with 40% of the vote and wins all of the states 23 delegates
  • March 6, 2012 – Super Tuesday.  Of the 10 states holding nominating contests, Newt wins his home state of Georgia.  But Romney wins six states and Rick Santorum wins the other three
  • May 2, 2012 – Newt Gingrich suspends his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Mitt Romney

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Ambassador Jon Huntsman

  • January 31, 2011 – Huntsman submits to President Obama his intent to resign as Abassador to China
  • May 3, 2011 – Jon Huntsman, the now former U.S. Ambassador to China, files papers to create a federal political action committee
  • June 18,2011 – Huntsman pulls off a surprise second place showing in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • June 21,2011 – Jon Huntsman officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • January 3, 2012 – Chosing to focus on New Hampshire, Huntsman will forego Iowa and comes in seventh place in the Iowa Caucuses, just slightly ahead of Herman Cain who had dropped out of the race before the contest
  • January 10, 2012 – Huntsman finishes third in the New Hampshire Republican primary, with 17% of the vote, behind Ron Paul and ahead of Newt Gingrich
  • January 16, 2012 – After betting everything on a strategy aimed at upsetting Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, Huntsman withdraws from the race and endorses Mitt Romney

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson

  • April 21, 2011 – Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico, officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • May 5, 2011 – The first Republican debate takes place in South Carolina with Cain, Johnson, Pawlenty, Paul, and Santorum participating
  • June 18,2011 –Johnson places tenth with 10 votes in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll.  he come sin ahead of only Buddy Roemer and Thad McCotter
  • September 22, 2011 – Johnson meets the minimum polling thresholds required to enter into one of the first major televised Republican preisdntial debates.  It is sponsored by Fox News, Google and Florida Republican Party and held in Orlando, Florida.  Participants include Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Johnson, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum
  • December 28, 2011 – Before any voting takes place in Iowa or New Hampshire, Johnson ends his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and enters the race of the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination

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Fred Karger

  • March 23, 2011 – Fred Karger officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • April 11 – Karger wins the St. Anselm College Republican Straw Poll in Manchester, New Hampshire is won by Fred Karger with 25% of the vote followed closely by Romney with 23%

Congressman Ron Paul, (TX-14)

  • February 12, 2011 –Conservative Political Action Conference; Ron Paul wins straw poll
  • April 26, 2011 – Ron Paul announced the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • May 5, 2011 – The first Republican debate takes place in South Carolina with Cain, Johnson, Pawlenty, Paul, and Santorum participating
  • May 13, 2011 – Ron Paul officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 18, 2011 – Ron Paul wins the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • May 14, 2012 – After consistently weak electoral showings Ron Paul announces that he will not suspend his presidential campaign but will stop actively campaigning for President

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 Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

  • March 21, 2011 – Tim Pawlenty announces the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • May 5, 2011 – The first Republican debate takes place in South Carolina with Cain, Johnson, Pawlenty, Paul, and Santorum participating
  • May 23, 2011 – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 18, 2011 – Palwenty places ninth in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • August 13, 2011 – Tim Pawlenty places a weak third in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll
  • August 14, 2011 – The morning after Pawlenty’s defeat in the Iowa Straw Poll, Pawlenty announces his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination
  • September 12, 2011 – Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney for President

Texas Governor Rick Perry

  •  August 13, 2011 – Rick Perry officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • September 24, 2011 –  Perry places second in the Florida 5 Straw Poll.
  • November 9, 2011— In a presidential debate at Oakland University in Rochester, MI sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party, Rick Perry stumbles when he forgets the names of the three agencies he would eliminate if elected President.  In the days to follow, Perry tries to overcome the faux pas but never quite recovers
  • January 3, 2012 – Perry places a distant fifth in the Iowa Caucueses
  • January 10, 2012 – Perry places a distant sixth place in the New Hampshire Primary
  • January 19, 2012 – Rick Perry withdraws from the race and endorses Newt Gingrich

 

Louisiana Governor Roy “Buddy” Roemer

  • March 3, 2011 – Buddy Roemer announces the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 18, 2011– Roemer places 11th in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • July 21, 2011 – Buddy Roemer officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • February 22, 2012 –  After getting nowhere with voters in any state, Roemer ends his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and seeks the nomination of the newly formed, Americans Elect organization
  • May 18, 2012 – Buddy Roemer is left without a nomination to run for as Americans Elect decides to discontinue their online nominating process because none of their candidates came close to receiving the 10,000 online signatures needed to qualify for the nomination.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

  • January 22, 2011 – Romney wins the New Hampshire Straw Poll with 35% of the vote
  • April 11, 2011 – Romney announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation of a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 2, 2011 – Mitt Romney officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 18, 2011 – Romney comes in fifth in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • September 12, 2011 – Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney
  • January 3, 2012 – Romney is initially declared the winner of the Iowa Republican caucuses but two weeks later a new count of the votes reveals Rick Santorum won by a handful of votes
  • January 10, 2012 – Romney handily wins the New Hampshire Republican primary
  • January 16, 2012 – Jon Huntsman, who came in third in New Hampshire, withdraws from the race and endorses Mitt Romney
  • January 31, 2012 – Romney wins the  Florida Republican primary
  • February 4, 2012  – Romney wins the Nevada Republican caucuses
  • February 11, 2012 – Voting concludes in the Maine Republican caucuses, Mitt Romney is declared the winner
  • February 28, 2012 – Romney wins the Arizona and Michigan Republican Primaries
  • February 29, 2012 – Romney wins the Wyoming Caucuses
  • March 3, 2012 – Romney wins the Washington State Republican Caucuses
  • March 6, 2012 – Super Tuesday – Of 10 states holding nominating contests, Romney wins 6, Alaska, Massachusetts, Idaho, Ohio, Virginia, and Vermont
  • March 10, 2012 – Virgin Islands Republican caucuses are won by Ron Paul, but most of the delegates were awarded to Mitt Romney
  • March 18, 2012 – Romney wins the Puerto Rico Republican caucuses
  • March 20, 2012 – Mitt Romney wins the Illinois primaries
  • April 3, 2012  – Romney wins the Maryland, Wisconsin, Washington DC primaries
  • April 24, 2012 – Romney wins the Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island primaries
  • April 25, 2012 – Republican National Committee declares Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee of the party
  • May 2, 2012 – Newt Gingrich suspended his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Mitt Romney

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

  • April 13, 2011 – Santorum announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation of a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • May 5, 2011 – The first Republican debate takes place in South Carolina with Cain, Johnson, Pawlenty, Paul, and Santorum participating
  • June 6, 2011 – Rick Santorum officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party
  • June 18, 2011 – Santorum finishes eighth in  the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll
  • January 3, 2012 – Romney is initially declared the winner of the Iowa Republican caucuses and Santorum pulls off a very close surprise second
  • January 16,2012 – Recount in Iowa shows that Rick Santorum won the Republican caucuses
  • February 7, 2012 – Santorum wins the Minnesota and Colorado Republican caucuses and the non-binding Missouri Republican Primary
  • March 6, 2012 – Super Tuesday – Of 10 states holding nominating contests, Santorum wins three states, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Colorado. Gingrich wins Georgia, and Romney wins six other states
  • March 10. 2012 – Santorum wins the Kansas Republican caucuses
  • March 24, 2012 – Santorum wins Louisiana primaries
  • April 10, 2012 –  Rick Santorum suspends his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination

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Contenders Who Considered Running 

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Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

  • August 8, 2010 – Through Haley’s PAC, Barbour sends out a mailer in Iowa that essentially introduced himself to  to the voters of the first in the nation caucus.  It discusses the importance of his efforts to elect Republican Governors as Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association
  • August 11, 2010 – Former Alabama Governor Bob Riley decides not to run for President and suggests that if Haley Barbour runs, he would support him
  • January 26, 2011 – Haley Barbour talks about 2012 White House Hopes In South Carolina
  • February 1, 2011 –  Barbour is calling many wealthy Republican donors and big fundraisers and telling them not to get behind any presidential candidate until he has made a decision on whether or not to run for President
  • February 5, 2011 –  Sources report that Barbour is doing all the the things you have to do to gear up for a presidential bid and is likely running
  • February 12, 2011 – After delivering his speech at CPAC Haley Barbour’s confirms that he is seriously considering a run for President at CPAC
  • March 3, 2011 – Haley Barbour urges Republicans not to be quick to endorse anyone for President yet as he works the phones to get them to consider supporting his own potential candidacy
  • March 8, 2011 – After months of exploring the chances of a possible run for President, Barbour hires a communication director for his PAC, Haley’s PAC.
  • April 25, 2011 – Barbour announces that he will not run for President in 2012

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels 

  • December 23, 2010 –  Mitch Daniels states that if her were to run for President, a late start in  the presidential race could hurt his chances of winning the nomination
  • January 13, 2011 – Governor Daniels accepts invite to address the Annual Gridiron Club Dinner
  • January 31, 2011 – Mitch Daniels wins Washington State Straw Poll among Republican State Committee
  • February 11, 2011 –  Daniels addresses CPAC’s Reagan Dinner
  • February 17, 2011 – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks highly of the prospect of Mitch Daniels being President
  • March 6, 2011 – Daniels wins Oregon GOP straw poll
  •  March 21. 2011 – Mitch Daniels signs deal to write a book;  “Keeping the Republic: Limited Government, Unlimited Citizens”
  • April 13, 2011 – Mitch Daniels sends mixed signals regarding a possible presidential run
  • May 13, 2011 – Daniels’ wife Cheri delivers a rare public keynote speech before  an Indiana State GOP fundraiser.  it is seen as a possible indication of Cheri Daniels being open to a possible run for thew White House by her husband.  Up to now, Cheri Daniels is seen as being reluctant about the invasion of privacy that a presidential campaign would bring to the lives of those in the Daniels family.
  • May 22, 2011 – Daniels announces he will not run for President

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Rudy Giuliani

  • January 8, 2011 – Rudy is said to be giving a run for President serious consideration 
  • January 22, 2011 –  Rudy takes a swipe at Sarah Palin on Piers Morgan Tonight and suggests that if she runs for the Republican presidential nomination, he will also run.
  • April 4, 2011 – Rudy tells University of Arkansas students that he has plenty of time to decide whether to run for President or not
  • August 11, 2001 –  With the entry of Rick Perry in to the presidential about to happen Rudy expresses a sense of urgency regarding his making a decision to run or not to run for President
  • October 11, 2011 – Rudy announces that he will not run for President.  Says it is too late for him to enter the race.  (You think?!)

 

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

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 Judge Roy Moore

April 18 – Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party but fails to get it off the ground

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

  • September 3, 2011 – Sarah Palin delivers a much anticipated speech at a large Iowa TEA Party rally and interjects the phrase “crony capitalism” in to the politics and it remains a permanent part of the 2012 election.  In that same speech, Palin also proposes to eliminate the corporate tax. Palin and her speech go over so well that speculation about her becoming a presidential candidate reaches a fevered pitch
  • October 5, — Sarah Palin announces that she will not run for President in 2012
  • November 29, 2011 – Draft Palin ad runs in Iowa

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Former New York Governor George Pataki

Mike Pence 

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Alabama Governor Bob Riley

Congressman Paul Ryan

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South Dakota Senator John Thune

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Donald Trump

  • January 5, 2011 – Trumps tells CNNs John King that many people have been urging him to run for President and that he is considering it
  • February 20, 2011- Michigan business owner endorses Donald Trump for President 2012 and tries to start a grassroots movement to urge Trump to run
  • March 1, 2011 –  Trump defends political contributions to Democrats like Rahm Emanuel and begins to air his views on foreign policy and economics
  • March 4, 2011 – Trump tests the presidential waters in Iowa and sends his henchman, Michael Cohen to Iowa to meet with state Party officials
  • March 23, 2011 – Trump scheduled to speak at  Iowa Republican dinner
  • April 5, 2011 – PPP poll finds that 21% of New Hampshire Republicans support Donald Trump. Same polls finds 27% supporting Romney
  • April 6, 2011 – Wall Street Journal/ NBC poll has Trumped tied with Huckabee for second place among Republicans
  • April 14, 2011 – Trump announces that he will make his decision regarding a run for President on The Apprentice
  • April 17, 2011 – Donald Trump electrified T.E.A. Party enthusiasts at a rally sponsored by the South Florida Tea Party in Boca Raton
  • April 27, 2011 – After several weeks of Donald Trump attacking President Obama on the legitimacy of his birth certificate, the President released his birth certificate and called those who doubted it a bunch of “circus barkers”
  • April 28, 2011 – Donald Trump curses in a speech about trade with China before a crowd of more than a thousand supporters in Las Vegas
  • May 16, 2011 – In an early afternoon statement released by the Trump organization. Trump makes it official that he will not run President.  The Donald stated that his real passion and talent is for business and he is not yet willing to give it up for politics.  From that point on, those remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, courted Trump one by as they made way to meet with him in New York City offices

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 Leaders Who Were Urged To Run 

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Governor John Kasich

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul

General David Petraeus 

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Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

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 Col. Allen West

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January 2010

  • January 21 – In a 5–4 decision, the Supreme Court rules in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be be limited.  This greatly changed the landscape of the election and introduced the Super PAC which allowed supporters of candidates to spend money that the candidate’s themsleves may not have been able to.

 December 2010

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January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

Buddy Roemer, former Governor of Louisiana, announces the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • March 16 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expands on her previous statement to also specify that she will not serve as vice-president or a second term as Secretary of State.
  • March 21Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, announces the formation of an exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.[20][21] Fred Karger announces he will run for president.
  • March 23 – Fred Karger officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

April 2011

  • April 4 – President Barack Obama files papers with the Federal Election Commission and announces his candidacy for a second presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, and re-election to a second term as President.
  • April 11Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation of a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.  The St. Anselm College Republican Straw Poll in Manchester, New Hampshire is won by Fred Karger with 25% of the vote followed closely by Romney with 23%.
  • April 13Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation of a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • April 18Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, announces the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a potential run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • April 21Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico, officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • April 26 – Ron Paul announced the formation of a formal exploratory committee in preparation for a run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

May 2011

  • May 5 – The first Republican debate takes place in South Carolina with Cain, Johnson, Pawlenty, Paul, and Santorum participating.
  • May 11 – Newt Gingrich officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • May 13Ron Paul officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • May 14 – Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 candidate Mike Huckabee announces he will not run for president in 2012.
  • May 16 – Businessman Donald Trump announces he will not run for president in 2012.
  • May 21 – Herman Cain officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • May 22 – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announces he will not run for president in 2012.
  • May 23 – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

June 2011

  • June 14Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative of Minnesota, announces during the debate that she has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission for a run for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • June 18 – Results of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll: Ron Paul 612; Jon Huntsman 382; Michele Bachmann 191; Herman Cain 104; Mitt Romney 74; Newt Gingrich 69; Sarah Palin 41; Rick Santorum 30; Tim Pawlenty 18; Gary Johnson 10; Buddy Roemer 9; Thad McCotter 2
  • June 21 – Jon Huntsman officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • June 22 – Retired engineer and perennial candidate Jack Fellure wins the presidential nomination of the Prohibition Party at the Party’s national convention in Cullman, Alabama.
  • June 27 – Michele Bachmann officially announces her candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

July 2011

  • July 1Thaddeus McCotter, U.S. Representative of Michigan, announces he has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to campaign for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • July 2 – Thaddeus McCotter officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • July 21 – Buddy Roemer officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

August 2011

  • August 12 – Republican candidates debate is held in Iowa. Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Pawlenty, Romney, and Santorum are the participants.
  • August 13 – Michele Bachmann wins the Ames straw poll in Iowa.
  • August 13 – Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announces his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
  • August 14 – Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announces his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

September 2011

  • September 6John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, announces that he will not run for president in 2012.
  • September 7 – Republican candidates debate is held in Simi Valley, California. Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum are the participants.
  • September 8— President Obama addresses a joint meeting of Congress to propose jobs bill.
  • September 12 – Republican candidates debate is held in Tampa, Florida. Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum are the participants.
  • September 14 -Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issues an official proclamation that the Arizona primary shall be held on February 28.
  • September 19Ralph Nader and others announce a coalition to find a Primary challenger for Obama.
  • September 22 – U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter announces his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • September 22 – Republican candidates debate is held in Orlando, Florida. Sponsors: Fox News, Google and Florida Republican Party. Participants: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Johnson, Perry, Paul, Romney, and Santorum.
  • September 26 – Herman Cain wins Florida 5 straw poll.

October 2011

  • October 4Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, responding to mounting speculation that he would make a late entry in the Republican presidential nomination race, announces he will not run for President in 2012.
  • October 5Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Party nominee for Vice President, announces that she will not run for President in 2012.
  • October 11Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City, announces that he will not run for President in 2012.
  • October 11— Republican candidates debate on Bloomberg Television at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Sponsored by Bloomberg, The Washington Post and WBIN-TV.
  • October 12— Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, and Rick Santorum, all address the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
  • October 14–16Socialist Party USA convention in Los Angeles, CA selects Stewart Alexander as their presidential candidate and Alejandro Mendoza as their vice-presidential candidate.
  • October 18— Republican candidates debate on CNN in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sponsored by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

November 2011

  • November 5— Herman Cain wins Sioux Falls Straw Poll.
  • November 9— Republican candidates debate on CNBC at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party.
  • November 22– Republican candidates debate on CNN in Washington, D.C.

December 2011

  • December 3—    Herman Cain announces the suspension of his campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination.
  • December 3 –    Green Party presidential candidates debate in Los Angeles, California.
  • December 7—    Newt Gingrich wins Delaware state committee straw poll.
  • December 10— Republican candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University. Sponsored by ABC News and Republican Party of Iowa.
  • December 15— Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, hosted by Fox News.
  • December 19— Republican presidential candidates debate in Goffstown, New Hampshire, Sponsored by Saint Anselm College. None of the candidates listed on the ballot in the Iowa Caucus attend.
  • December 19— Democratic candidates debate in Goffstown, New Hamphire, Sponsored by Saint Anselm CollegePresident Obama does not participate.
  • December 19— Newt Gingrich narrowly wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll over Michele Bachmann.
  • December 28— Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson ends his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and enters the race of the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.

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January 2012

  • January 3 – The Iowa Republican caucuses are initially declared as a victory for Mitt Romney, however later counts show Rick Santorum with a small lead, however later counts show Ron Paul with a majority of delegates. The Iowa Democratic caucuses are won by Barack Obama. Neither caucus awards any delegates, but are to be used as a guide for delegate selection in June’s party conventions.
  • January 4 – Representative Michele Bachmann, who came in sixth in Iowa, announces the suspension of her Presidential campaign,
  • January 7 – Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, sponsored by ABC News and WMUR.
  • January 8 – Republican debate at the Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, sponsored by NBC News, Facebook, and The Union Leader.
  • January 10 – The New Hampshire Republican primary is won by Mitt Romney and New Hampshire Democratic primary by Barack Obama.
  • January 16 – Jon Huntsman, who came in third in New Hampshire, withdraws from the race and endorses Mitt Romney.
  • January 16 – Recount in Iowa shows that Rick Santorum won the Republican caucuses.
  • January 16 – Republican debates at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sponsored by Fox News and the Republican Party of South Carolina.
  • January 19 – Rick Perry, who came in sixth in New Hampshire, withdraws from the race and endorses Newt Gingrich.
  • January 19 – Republican debate in Charleston, South Carolina, sponsored by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
  • January 21 — The Nevada Democratic Caucuses are won by Barack Obama
  • January 21 – The South Carolina Republican primary is won by Newt Gingrich.
  • January 23 – Republican debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, sponsored by The St. Petersburg Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100.
  • January 26 – Republican debate in Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Florida.
  • January 28 – The South Carolina Democratic primary is won by Barack Obama.
  • January 31 – The Florida Republican primary is won by Mitt Romney. The Florida Democratic primary is won by Barack Obama.

February 2012

March 2012

  • March 3Washington state Republican caucuses – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 6(Super Tuesday) – Romney wins six states; Santorum, three states; Gingrich wins Georgia.
  • March 6 – Alaska Republican district conventions – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 6 – Colorado Republican caucuses – won by Santorum.
  • March 6 – Georgia primary – won by Newt Gingrich.
  • March 6 – Idaho Republican caucuses – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 6 – North Dakota Republican caucuses – won by Rick Santorum.
  • March 6 – Massachusetts primary – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 6 – Minnesota Republican caucuses – won by Rick Santorum.
  • March 6 – Ohio primary – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 6 – Oklahoma primary – won by Rick Santorum.
  • March 6 – Tennessee primary – won by Rick Santorum.
  • March 6 – Vermont primary – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 6 – Virginia primary – won by Mitt Romney.
  • March 10Kansas Republican caucuses are won by Rick Santorum.
  • March 10 – Virgin Islands Republican caucuses are won by Ron Paul, but most of the delegates were awarded to Mitt Romney.
  • March 11 – Maine Democratic caucuses
  • March 13Alabama Republican primary; Hawaii, and American Samoa Republican caucuses; Mississippi Democratic and Republican Primaries; Utah Democratic caucuses
  • March 17 – Missouri Republican caucuses (52 delegates)
  • March 18 – Puerto Rico Republican caucuses – won by Romney
  • March 20 – Mitt Romney wins the Illinois primaries
  • March 24 – Louisiana primaries – won by Rick Santorum
  • March 31 – Arizona Democratic caucuses

April 2012

  • April 3 – Maryland, Wisconsin, Washington DC primaries – won by Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the latter of whom won enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
  • April 10 – Former US Senator Rick Santorum suspends his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • April 14 – Idaho Democratic caucuses, Kansas Democratic caucuses, Nebraska Democratic caucuses, Wyoming Democratic caucuses
  • April 15 – Alaska Democratic caucuses, Washington Democratic caucuses
  • April 18–212012 Constitution Party National Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee
  • April 21 – Former US Congressman Virgil Goode wins the presidential nomination of the Constitution Party
  • April 24 – Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island primaries – won by Mitt Romney
  • April 25Republican National Committee declares Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee of the party.

May 2012

  • May 2 – Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich suspended his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Mitt Romney.
  • May 4–6 – The 2012 Libertarian National Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ron Paul wins the majority of delegates in Nevada despite losing the popular vote.
  • Ron Paul also wins majority of delegates in Maine despite losing popular vote.
  • May 5 – Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson wins the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party
  • May 5 – Michigan Democratic caucuses, Florida Democratic caucuses
  • May 8 – Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia primaries
  • May 15 – Nebraska, and Oregon primaries
  • May 22 – Arkansas, and Kentucky primaries
  • May 29 – Texas primaries

June 2012

  • June 3 – Puerto Rico Democratic caucuses
  • June 5 – California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota primaries; North Dakota Democratic caucuses
  • June 26 – Utah primaries

13 Responses

  1. […] Mitt Romney, the current front runner, convince conservatives that he can be trusted?  Can Haley Barbour […]

  2. DUTY,HONOR,COUNTRY.

  3. My prediction from 2008-09 was a Daniels-McDonnell ticket.

  4. The last picture is Col. Allen West of Florida…and as the saying goes…”I think he’s earned it”. I am available for editing since I was laid off during this great economy we are having!

  5. Wouldn’t it just be a scream to see the General and the Colonel running things? The libs would be quaking in their boots. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. We need a little bit of discipline in this country.

  6. There is a very very short list…from this crowd that isn’t directly and/or indirectly responsible for a lot of the problems that face all Americans. I wish that wasn’t so. Very few have ‘walked the talk’. Years and years of public service ‘changes’ into self-serving BS. We need real leadership and…most likely…new blood. The same ole’ same ole’ just won’t cut it OR fix the problems we all face. I hope conservative Americans can elect somebody that can save our Republic. It looks like pretty slim pickins’ when you look at the ‘good ole’ boys and gals above…..
    Please support the FairTax. At least when the Dems and Repubs fight over money….there might be some.
    check your six……………….llc

  7. we need a strong candidate.please . lets win this one , we need another reagan

    • Unfortunately President Reagan died a few years back and as such, there is no other Ronald Reagan. Fortunately though the lessons learned from Reagan live on and we listen to the candidates before we eliminate them, we might be able to hear which one has learned from Reagan the best and can apply that knowledge to the times we live in.

  8. I would like to know why the Democrats and Republicans and the major media like CNN,.Fox, MSNBC and most sites like this one wont let the Indepentant parties like Citizens Party be heard.People are getting tired of the two party system.So let the Independent Candidates and Independent Parties be heard.

    • Mark, I am not sure why you do not understand why a site “like this one” does not cover parties like the Citizens Party or other third Part candidates. In case you missed it, this sites clearly states that it covers the Republican race for the White House. As such, I have no interest in the nomination process that other parties undergo to nominate their presidential candidates.

      I am a Republican, not a Citizen Partier or Democrat. Those people who are “tired of the two Party system” are more than welcome to do what I did and create a site that covers their candidates.

      As for myself, I have no interest in Third Parties. I find most of them to be one issue groups, or loosely organized, haphazard entities that suffer from the very same qualities that they complain that Republicans and Democrats suffer. Third Party’s must raise money, they must make deals and they are comprised of human beings who maintain the same personality problems that Republicans and Democrats possess.

      Furthermore, third Parties only seem like the answer because they are a blank canvass in which people can cast their hopes on. It is easy to look good when you have no power and no record and are in no position of responsibility. However, if given that power, third Parties will still have to work within the same process that requires them to keep power, raise money, compromise and cope with human nature.

      So I do not believe in Third Parties. I believe that the real struggle exists within the two existing Parties. For me, as a Republican, the struggle is to move my Part to the right. For Democrats it is usually how far to the left to push themselves. The two struggles eventually bring about moderation.

      But to answer your question, I am not covering Third Party candidates because I have no i9nterest in doing so. I have created a site that promotes my ideological beliefs and being my site, I am not required to cover the Citizen Party. If they become a factor in the election, I will surely criticize them on that which I disagree with them on, but I doubt they will become a factor.

      As for CNN, you have to ask them why they don’t cover your Party. They profess to being non-partisan. I don’t. I am a proud Republican and that it is the Republican Party which my site openly states that it deals with.

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