Who did President Barack Obama defeat in the 2012 election?
His main challenger was Republican Mitt Romney. But there were several other third-party candidates on the ballot, like Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. President Obama defeated all of them, to win re-election in November 2012.
Barack Obama announced that he was planning to run for president in the spring of 2007, and the election did not occur until November 2008; so the campaign took about a year and a half. During that period of time, Mr. Obama had to win the Democratic nomination and then defeat his challenger John McCain.
Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election defeating Republican Party candidate John McCain. In the 2008 presidential election Barack Obama received 365 electoral votes and John McCain received 173 electoral votes. The popular vote totals were Obama 69,297,997 and McCain 59,597,520.