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The United States presidential election, 2012 is a political event which took place on November 6, 2012. During that day the President of the United States and Vice President of the United States were selected. Garrett Walker from the Democratic Party defeated Mitt Romney to win the presidency. He was sworn in as President on January 20, 2013.

Democratic Candidates

The known candidates running for the nomination of the Democratic Party were Garrett Walker and Catherine Durant.

The main contest during the Democratic primaries was between Garrett Walker and Catherine Durant which may have been a close race. Durant ran a hard campaign, but ultimately Walker won more delegates in the primaries and therefore the nomination.

All candidates supported Garrett Walker.

Garrett Walker chose Jim Matthews as the vice-presidential candidate sometime before the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Republican Candidates

The candidates running for the nomination of the Republican Party were Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Fred Karger, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Buddy Roemer, Rick Perry, John Huntsman, Jr., Michele Bachmann, Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, Thaddeus McCotter, and Tim Pawlenty.

Most of the candidates withdrew early. In result, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich emerged as the three people most likely to win the nomination and Ron Paul became popular among libertarians.

Mitt Romney was nominated by the Republican Party (by a decisive victory).

He chose Paul Ryan as the vice-presidential candidate.

General Election

By November 6, 2012, 11:30 PM ET (4:30 AM UTC), many broadcast networks said that Walker and Matthews won the election. Mitt Romney conceded the election to Walker around 1 AM ET on November 7. Garrett Walker was inaugurated President of the U.S. on January 20, 2013.

Walker was the first U.S. President to win by double digits since Ronald Reagan, who was re-elected in 1984 by 18 percentage points over former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale (59% to 41%).