With the 2012 United States presidential election now over, EducationWorld presents the following timeline of events, beginning with President Barack Obama officially entering the race and ending with his re-election and Inauguration Day.
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President Barack Obama files the necessary paperwork with Federal Election Committee to formally seek re-election.
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich officially declares his candidacy for presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
Businessman Herman Cain officially declares his candidacy for presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney officially declares his candidacy for presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum officially declares his candidacy for presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann officially declares her candidacy for presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
Texas Governor Rick Perry officially declares his candidacy for presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
Herman Cain suspends his campaign for president amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Rick Santorum wins a narrow victory over Mitt Romney in the Iowa Republican Caucuses.
Michelle Bachmann suspends her campaign for president after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Iowa Republican Caucuses.
Mitt Romney wins the New Hampshire Republican Primary.
Rick Perry suspends his campaign for president after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the New Hampshire Republican Primary. He formally endorses Newt Gingrich for the nomination.
Newt Gingrich wins the South Carolina Republican Primary.
Mitt Romney wins the Florida Republican Primary.
Mitt Romney wins the Nevada Republican Caucuses.
Rick Santorum wins the Minnesota Republican Caucuses, the Colorado Republican Caucuses and the Missouri Republican Primary.
Mitt Romney wins the Maine Republican Caucuses.
Mitt Romney wins the Arizona and Michigan Republican Primaries.
Mitt Romney wins the Wyoming Republican Caucuses.
Mitt Romney wins the Washington Republican Caucuses.
6-March-2012 (Super Tuesday)
Mitt Romney wins the Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont and Virginia Republican Primaries. Rick Santorum wins the Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee Republican Primaries. Newt Gingrich wins the Georgia Republican Primary.
Rick Santorum wins the Kansas Republican Caucuses.
Mitt Romney wins the Illinois Republican Primary.
Rick Santorum wins the Louisiana Republican Primary.
Mitt Romney wins the Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington D.C. Republican Primaries.
Rick Santorum suspends his campaign for president.
Mitt Romney wins the Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island Republican Primaries.
Mitt Romney declared the Republican Candidate for president by the Republican National Committee.
Newt Gingrich suspends his campaign for president and endorses Mitt Romney.
Congressman Paul Ryan is selected by Mitt Romney to be his vice-presidential running mate.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are officially nominated for President and Vice-President of the United States by the Republican National Convention.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden are officially nominated for President and Vice-President of the United States by the Democratic National Convention.
Election Day - President Barack Obama is re-elected to a second term.
The Electoral College formally elects President Obama and Vice President Biden.
The President of the Senate formally announces the results after the Electoral Votes are counted before a joint session of Congress.