2012 Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, speaks to volunteers for Gov. Scott Walker on March 31, 2012 in Fitchburg. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) stands behind Romney.

CRAIG SCHREINER - Wisconsin State Journal archives

In April 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eked out a win in Wisconsin's Republican primary over insurgent former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum's loss forced him to suspend his campaign a week later, leading to a sense of inevitability for Romney's campaign. Romney later lost the state to incumbent President Barack Obama in the general election.

Wisconsin Republican primary election results

  • Date: April 3, 2012
  • Winner: Mitt Romney
  • Votes for: 346,876 (44%)
  • Runner up: Rick Santorum (37%)

Wisconsin general election results

  • Date: Nov. 6, 2012
  • Winner: Barack Obama
  • Votes for: 1,620,985 (53%)
  • National winner: Barack Obama

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