It's official...the votes are in
January 31st, 2013
11:42 AM ET
8 years ago

It's official...the votes are in

(CNN) - Mitt Romney may have lost the presidential race to President Barack Obama, but he can find some comfort in knowing that he beat at least 68 other Americans who received votes for president in November. In fact, 2.2 million voters cast their ballots for someone other than Obama or Romney, comprising 1.7% of the total vote.

Among those who received votes: Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson placed third with nearly 1.3 million votes; Green Party nominee Jill Stein placed fourth with more than 469,000 votes; and former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party nominee, placed fifth with more than 122,000 votes.

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Other notable vote-getters include actress and sixth-place finisher Roseanne Barr, with more than 67,000 votes; former Rep. Ron Paul, who received more than 25,000 write-in votes in four states; and Santa Claus, an officially registered write-in candidate in Maryland, with 625 votes.

More than 158,000 voters cast write-in votes for president, but two-thirds were cast in states that do not report write-in vote results by candidate.

Although the presidential election was held almost three months ago, final vote results for many states were not available until this month.

CNN has compiled a complete tally of all votes cast for president in the 2012 election, including all write-in candidates reported by state elections offices.

The full breakdown:

Barack Obama (D)                   65,899,660   51.1%
Mitt Romney (R)                     60,929,152   47.2%
Gary Johnson (L)                        1,275,804    1.0%
Jill Stein (G)                                       469,501    0.4%
Virgil Goode (C)                               122,384    0.1%
Roseanne Barr (PF)                          67,324    0.1%
Rocky Anderson (J)                         43,011    0.0%
Tom Hoefling                                      40,628    0.0%
Ron Paul                                               25,587    0.0%
Randall Terry                                      13,112    0.0%
Richard Duncan                                 12,557    0.0%
None of these candidates (Nevada)  5,770    0.0%
Peta Lindsay                                         7,780    0.0%
Chuck Baldwin                                      5,017    0.0%
Will Christensen                                   4,453    0.0%
Stewart Alexander                              4,428    0.0%
James Harris                                          4,115    0.0%
Thomas Stevens                                   4,091    0.0%
Jim Carlson                                            3,149    0.0%
Jill Reed                                                   2,915    0.0%
Merlin Miller                                         2,702    0.0%
Sheila Tittle                                            2,571    0.0%
Gloria La Riva                                       1,608    0.0%
Jerry White                                            1,279    0.0%
Dean Morstad                                        1,094    0.0%
Jerry Litzel                                             1,027    0.0%
Jeff Boss                                                   1,024    0.0%
Barbara Dale Washer                          1,016    0.0%
Andre Barnett                                           956    0.0%
Santa Claus                                                 625    0.0%
Jack Fellure                                                518    0.0%
Avery Ayers                                              209    0.0%
Stephen Durham                                       117    0.0%
Thaddaus Hill                                             102    0.0%
Darrell Hykes                                                63    0.0%
Mike Vargo                                                    63    0.0%
Kent Bush                                                       48    0.0%
Barbara Prokopich                                     41    0.0%
James Clymer                                               39   0.0%
Dennis Knill                                                  20    0.0%
Gerald Warner                                             19    0.0%
Tiffany Briscoe                                            18    0.0%
Matthew Lydick                                          18    0.0%
Paul Chehade                                               17    0.0%
Michael Hawkins                                        16    0.0%
Tom Cary                                                       14    0.0%
Fred Donald Dickson, Jr.                           8    0.0%
David M. Crosby                                           7    0.0%
Cecil Roth                                                        6    0.0%
Michael David Boyles                                 5    0.0%
Susan Daniels                                                 5    0.0%
Nelson Keyton                                               5    0.0%
Phyllis Scherrer                                            5    0.0%
Raymond Sizemore                                     5    0.0%
Joseph A. Glean                                            4    0.0%
Erin Magee                                                      3    0.0%
Roy Wayne Tyree                                        3    0.0%
David Byrne                                                   2    0.0%
John Dummett, Jr.                                      2    0.0%
Dwight Kenneth French                            2    0.0%
Lynn Maxwell                                               2    0.0%
Justin Myers                                                  2    0.0%
James Struck                                                 2    0.0%
Andrew Coniglio                                           1    0.0%
Robert William Dietz                                   1    0.0%
Jonathan Ellis                                                1    0.0%
Stephen James Frost                                  1    0.0%
Louis Todd House                                        1    0.0%
Alexis Logsdon                                              1    0.0%
Christina Lopez                                              1    0.0%
Terrance James O’Hara                              1    0.0%
Write-in (unitemized)                   108,924    0.1%
U.S. TOTAL                                      129,064,662

Source: Compiled by CNN from certified results from all 50 states and D.C. Although results are official and certified, states may amend their results at any time.

Party codes: Democrat (D); Republican (R); Libertarian (L); Green (G); Constitution (C); Peace and Freedom (PF); Justice (J). Some candidates ran under different party labels in different states. Party labels listed above represent the party the candidate ran under in a majority of the states in which he or she appeared on the ballot.

Filed under: 2012 • Elections • Gary Johnson • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Ron Paul
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    but it STILL will not be accepted by the fanatical righties that a foreign-born socialist/marxist/whatever their moronic term is for the day beat their plastic, entitled, rich-boy Flip Flopney. As far as they're concerned, Obama stole the election and doesn't deserve to be called POTUS. How pathetic and miserable these people are.......

    January 31, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    All things considered, this was the most disgusting election I've ever witnessed. Folks being forced to stand in line nine hours to vote comes to mind. In America of all places. Republican gerrymandering. Republican redistricting. This is the land of the free?

    GOPers love to talk about government taking away our freedoms. Too bad they refuse practice what they preach. Loss of voting rights is NOT the America I love. Way too third world for any of us to feel comfortable accepting.

    I know, I know. FOX and Friends encourage voter suppression. They encourage hate, anger, and division too.

    January 31, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    I agree Lynda.

    If I live to be 100 years old, I will never understand how so many people actually voted for a venture capitalist who was responsible for many jobs moving to China. Before and during the election. That is scary. The man was a blatant liar, even if Fox-Lite did carry his water and moderate any comments referring to him as such.

    January 31, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Preach it, Lynda.

    January 31, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Getoverit

    I know, I know. FOX and Friends encourage voter suppression. They encourage hate, anger, and division too.
    Yep, that's exactly what CNN, MSNBC, Chris Matthews, Soledad O'Brien tell everyone. It's obvious that you have never actually watched Fox or listened to anything they've said.

    January 31, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    Right on Lynda/Minnesota – the dumbing down of america's Red states and it's control by old white guys continues unabated. The fear mongering over gun laws, the voterID laws (unconstitutional, and a solution looking for a non-existent problem), redistricting and other areas – all soaked up by the illiterate was unbelievable!
    The Grand Obstructionist Party is doomed. They have no platform, no policies and no relevance today. They are not your fathers Republican Party... they encourage hate anger division and no-compromise, all the while blaming the other side for the same.

    It's such a shame that 48% of our electorate REALLY believes that the GOP is the party of less Govt and lower taxes. History does not bear that out. Quit listening to Fox and do a little research of your own.

    January 31, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Yep, that's exactly what CNN, MSNBC, Chris Matthews, Soledad O'Brien tell everyone. It's obvious that you have never actually watched Fox or listened to anything they've said."

    Oh, I watched FOX. Way back when they were going after Bill and Hillary. And the 9/11 victims. These days, I make up my own mind by avoiding watching: CNN, MSNBC, Chris Mattews, or Soledad O'Brien.

    I'm what you might call a non-partisan partisan. Yeah, I know. You love to peg people according to your own little world view. As others have mentioned ... get over it ... and yourself.

    January 31, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    I'm sure we have all tried watching Fox. Unfortunately it's a 24 hour President Obama bashfest and some of us can't handle it.

    Though when I'm feeling down it does pick me up and make me laugh, when I think of all the Foxbots and how upset they all are. Actually I really get my laughs when I google election night and see Karl Rove losing his ever loving mind!!! And all those sad Fox viewers that actually believe the garbage they spew.

    January 31, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Getoverit wrote:

    Yep, that's exactly what CNN, MSNBC, Chris Matthews, Soledad O'Brien tell everyone. It's obvious that you have never actually watched Fox or listened to anything they've said.
    Of late, they make the slippery slope argument about "taking away all your guns" almost every hour of the day. Fox News Channel began life as a venue for conservatism. It first aired one month prior to the 1996 elections, and they ran ads 24/7 against the incumbent, Pres. Bill Clinton.

    Fox's worst transgression to its' viewers is that they do not separate news from op-ed pieces clearly enough. They report the news, and then decide the news for its' viewers. They report, they deicde, and sublimnally challenge viewers to differ.

    January 31, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's such a shame that 48% of our electorate REALLY believes that the GOP is the party of less Govt and lower taxes."

    I had to laugh at your comment. When arguing with my extended (Republican) family members, I try to point this out to them. In a subtle way, mind you ... they are ... after all ... family. I've been called so many silly names that I've lost count. In the end, they all agree with me in principal. And still fault all our woes on "that" Obama. You know. If only HE would create jobs, solve all the world's problems, etc, etc.

    I sometimes feel as if I am carrying the weight of the world on my shoulder right along with our President.

    I call it standing up for MY principles. I'd like to think I've, at the very least, gotten my family to think and not simply react.

    And ... thanks to all of you for the pat on the back, which I readily admit, I enjoy every now and again.

    January 31, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Name lynn

    Who cares about that losers, an why is people keep talking about mitt, mitt lost a lot of states. But the people want put them on the map, obama won high in alots of states the people showing what they want show about mitt an obama, mitt just lost to a black an the people is still mad.

    January 31, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. ST

    Though I always hear: "All men are created equal". I do think they are not especially in the way of thinking. How can anyone leave other important work to do and go and waste his/her voting for someone who they know for sure will not win. Is this not craziness?? What about taking a nap if they didn't have anything to do?

    January 31, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |