United States presidential election, 2012
The United States presidential election of 2012 is the nextUnited States presidential election, to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the president and the vice president of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Incumbent PresidentBarack Obama is running for a second and final term during this election. His presumptive Republican challenger is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The Libertarian Party nominee is former New Mexico GovernorGary Johnson. The Green Party nominee is Jill Stein.
As specified in the Constitution, the 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where one-third of the Senators will face re-election (33 Class I seats), and the United States House of Representatives elections (which occurs biennially) to elect the members for the113th Congress. Eleven gubernatorial elections and many elections for state legislatures will also take place at the same time.