Florida Department of State

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Division of Elections

Presidential Preference Primary Information

The Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) on January 31, 2012, is an election for the major political parties in Florida to determine which party candidates should be nominated at the parties’ national conventions to be their presidential candidates in the general election in November. To vote for one of the Republican candidates running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, you must be a registered member of the Republican Party. (Because President Obama was the only candidate name provided by the Democratic Party, there will not be a Democratic Party PPP.)

Voters with no party affiliation or who are members of another political party may not vote for one of the Republican presidential candidates; however, if there are local races or issues being voted on at the same time as the PPP, all voters may vote for those races or issues.

Based upon the information submitted by the Republican Party of Florida on October 31, 2011, the following names were submitted as its presidential candidates for the presidential preference primary:

  • Michele Bachmann
  • Herman Cain
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Jon Huntsman
  • Gary Johnson
  • Ron Paul
  • Rick Perry
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rick Santorum

Based upon the information submitted by the Florida Democratic Party on October 31, 2011, the following name was submitted as its presidential candidate for the presidential preference primary:

  • Barack Obama

Pursuant to section 103.101(4), F.S., if a political party has only one presidential candidate, the name of the candidate shall not be printed on the ballot.

This information represents an official certification of ballot placement for the presidential preference primary.