Obama Wins Wisconsin, Sweeping the Republican Ticket States

All the networks, including Fox, have called Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin for Obama. Since Obama will also carry Massachusetts by approximately 50 points, that’ll mean neither man on the Republican ticket carried his home state. (Oh, Romney’s from Michigan? He’s not going to win that either.) Has this ever happened?

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  1. Has this happened?

    Probably not.

    Gore did not win TN, so it has happened to the top of the ticket before, but won CT.

  2. Kenny says:

    I’m blaming the late hour if you find any inaccuracies here, and I apologize in advance. But:

    I believe Zachary Taylor lost his home state of Virginia (winning his resident Louisiana) while his running mate Millard Filmore couldn’t bring in New York in 1848. And they won.

    Considering the state of things in 1864 maybe we don’t consider that one.

    Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Marshall won in 1916 without carrying their respective New Jersey or Indiana.

    Nixon and Agnew won in 1968 without New York and Maryland. They did, of course, when Nixon’s California.

  3. legion says:

    neither man on the Republican ticket carried his home state

    It’s just as we’ve said all along, James – everyone who actually _knows_ these guys _hates_ them. There’s a reason for that.