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Indiana gubernatorial election, 2012

Indiana gubernatorial election, 2012

November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)

Nominee Mike Pence John R. Gregg
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Sue Ellspermann Vi Simpson
Popular vote 1,264,877 1,183,213
Percentage 49.6% 46.4%

County results

Governor before election

Mitch Daniels

Elected Governor

Mike Pence

The 2012 Indiana gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent governor Mitch Daniels was term-limited and unable to seek a third term. The Republican candidate, Congressman Mike Pence; the Democratic candidate, former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives John R. Gregg; and the Libertarian candidate, youth mentor, small business owner and reality TV personality, Rupert Boneham, were all unopposed in their respective primaries or conventions and contested the general election.

Republican Party


Removed from ballot


Republican Indiana gubernatorial election primary in Indiana, 2012 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 554,412 100
Total votes 554,412 100

Democratic Party



Democratic Indiana gubernatorial election primary in Indiana, 2012 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John R. Gregg 207,365 100
Total votes 207,365 100

Libertarian Party


General election


  • John Gregg (Democratic), former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • Rupert Boneham (Libertarian), four-time contestant on Survivor and founder of Rupert's Kids
  • Donnie Harold Harris (Public Party) (Write-in)
  • Running mate: George Fish[10]


The Indiana Debate Commission organized three televised debates between Indiana Gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John R. Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.

Debate Schedule

The first debate was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center in Zionsville, Indiana and was moderated by former Indianapolis Star editor Dennis Ryerson.

  • Complete video and transcript, C-SPAN

The second debate was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana and was moderated by Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute president John Ketzenberger.

  • Complete video and transcript, C-SPAN

The third debate was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the WFWA PBS 39 studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was moderated by DePauw University Executive Director of Media Relations Ken Owen.


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Pence (R)
John R.
Gregg (D)
Boneham (L)
Other Undecided
Howey Politics/DePauw October 28–30, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 47% 40% 5%
Benenson Strategy Group October 18–21, 2012 701 ± 3.7% 44% 38% 6% 12%
YouGov October 4–11, 2012 470 ± 5.6% 49% 38% 13%
Howey Politics/DePauw University September 19–23, 2012 800 ± 3.5% 47% 34% 5% 14%
Market Research Insight August 6–9, 2012 600 ± 4% 50% 32% 3% 15%
Market Research Insight March 26–27, 2012 503 ± 4.5% 44% 31% 5% 20%

Statewide results

When the polls closed, the election was very close, and continued to stay close throughout the night. Gregg performed well in Marion County (Indianapolis) and Lake County (Gary), which were Democratic strongholds. Pence performed well in the Indianapolis suburbs and the Fort Wayne area. At 12:34 A.M EST, the Associated Press called the race for Pence. At 1:06 A.M., Gregg called Pence to concede, realizing there were enough votes left to overtake him. Pence ultimately won the election.

Pence took office on January 13, 2013. This was one of Indiana's closest gubernatorial elections.

2012 Indiana gubernatorial election [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 1,264,877 49.67% -8.35%
Democratic John R. Gregg / Vi Simpson 1,183,213 46.46% +6.52%
Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 101,868 3.95% +1.83%
Write-in Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 21 0%
Margin of victory 81,664 3.20% -14.61%
Turnout 2,549,152 57.81% -2.08%
Republican hold Swing


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External links

  • Election Division at the Indiana Secretary of State office
  • Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012 at Ballotpedia
Campaign websites
  • Rupert Boneham for Governor
  • John R. Gregg for Governor
  • Mike Pence for Governor
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