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OfficePresident
TypeDemocratic Primary Election
Filing Deadline January 01, 1912 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open February 01, 1912 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close July 01, 1912 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1913 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1917 - 12:00pm
Turnout 1.32% Total Population
ContributorChronicler
Last ModifiedChronicler November 28, 2008 06:16pm
Data SourcesCQ; New York Times 4/3/1912 (AL), 5/23/1912 (MA), 5/30/1912 (AZ), 6/1/1912 (RI); Miewald, p. 11 (NE); Phila. Public Ledger 5/3/1912 (GA), 5/10/1912 (FL); Willis p. 208 (MD); Ohio Election Statistics; NJ State Archives; ND Election Statistics; Evans C. Johnson, Oscar W. Underwood: A Political Biography, p. 180--181.
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Pre-Primary Candidate Maneuvering

By the end of 1909, Democratic Party leaders realized that they had an excellent chance to defeat President Taft in 1912. Maneuvering was in full swing in 1910. The Michigan state Democratic convention on 5/16/1910 placed Gov. Judson Harmon of Ohio in nomination (NYT 5/17/1910), and he was then endorsed by the Ohio state Democratic convention on 6/22/1910 (NYT 6/23/1910).

Additional candidates entered the field after the mid-term election of 1910. Woodrow Wilson's election as Governor of New Jersey capatulted him into contention; early in 1911, it appeared that the struggle would be between Harmon, representing the conservative Democrats, and Wilson, representing the progressive Democrats. However, as the year 1911 progressed, Harmon failed to attract additional endorsements. In 10/1911, U.S. Rep. Oscar W. Underwood (AL) entered the race, scooping up Harmon's Southern support. Then after Congress assembled and Champ Clark of Missouri became the Speaker of the newly Democratic U.S. House, his name became commonly mentioned.

For the first time, some delegates to the national convention were chosen in primaries. Altogether, 22 states held Democratic presidential preference primaries in 1912. The results were rather inconclusive. Clark won nine primaries (IL, NE, MA, NV, MD, CA, AZ, RI, and SD), with 185 delegates. Wilson won only five p

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/03/1908
NameWilliam Howard Taft Votes7,676,258 (51.58%)
Term03/04/1909 - 03/04/1913 Margin1,269,457 (+8.53%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/05/1912
NameWoodrow Wilson Votes6,293,152 (41.84%)
Term03/04/1913 - 03/04/1917 Margin2,173,945 (+14.45%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceUS President National Vote 11/05/1912
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Name Gov. Woodrow Wilson Speaker of the House James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark Gov. Judson Harmon Rep. Oscar W. Underwood Gov. John Burke Unpledged Others
PartyDemocratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic
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Uncertified Votes527,296 (43.19%) 427,938 (35.05%) 128,633 (10.54%) 114,947 (9.41%) 9,357 (0.77%) 4,275 (0.35%) 3,113 (0.26%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -99,358 (-8.14%) -398,663 (-32.65%) -412,349 (-33.77%) -517,939 (-42.42%) -523,021 (-42.83%) -524,183 (-42.93%)
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Name (W) Rep. William Jennings Bryan Homer B. Brown Robert G. Ross  
PartyDemocratic Democratic Democratic  
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Uncertified Votes2,537 (0.21%) 1,655 (0.14%) 1,271 (0.10%)  
Margin-524,759 (-42.98%) -525,641 (-43.05%) -526,025 (-43.08%)  
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