The United States presidential election of 2012 was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It was the 57th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election. The election took place as President Barack Obama entered his fourth year as president. One of his most famous policies were the healthcare policy, called "ObamaCare". The president signed the bill into law in 2010, and it was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court in June 2012. Obama's Republican opponent was former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, a moderate by Republican standards. Although some political pundits predicted a close race, Romney won by 124 electoral votes.
ObamaCare, and the economy were the main themes of the election campaign, but later, immigration became a third main theme.
President Barack Obama, from Illinois, was defeated by his challenger Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusets. The selected electors from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia voted for President and Vice President of the United States on December 15, 2012. Those votes were tallied before a joint session of Congress on January 8, 2013. Romney received 331 electoral votes, Obama received 207.