How many people voted in the last presidential election?

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Q. How many people voted in the last presidential election?

A. A total of 129,085,410 votes were cast for president in 2012, when incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama faced Republican Mitt Romney. While it was the electoral college that ultimately decided the president, Obama earned just shy of 5 million votes more than Romney. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who is running again this year, earned 1.2 million votes or about 1 percent of the total votes cast. Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who is also running again this year, earned a little less than half a million votes. A handful of other candidates received 50,000 votes or more, including Virgil Goode, who ran on the Constitution Party ticket, and Roseanne Barr, who ran as a Peace and Freedom candidate.

Q. What percentage of people voted in the last presidential election?

A. Approximately 57.5 percent of all citizens eligible to cast ballots chose to participate in the 2012 election, a slight dip from 62.3 percent in 2008. The turnout was below the 2004 election, when turnout was at 60.4 percent, but above 54.2 percent turnout in the 2000 election.

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