Tuesday, November 6, 2012

President Barack Obama’s victory in Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin and his easy win in Mitt Romney’s base of Massachusetts means the 2012 Republican ticket is the first in four decades in which both members of a major party ticket lost at home.

As The Huffington Post reported in September, the party running mates to lose their own states were Democrats George McGovern of South Dakota and Sargent Shriver of Maryland, who lost to Richard Nixon in 1972.

The dual defeats may not bode well historically for the GOP ticket. President Woodrow Wilson, a former governor of New Jersey, and Vice President Thomas Marshall, a former governor of Indiana, both failed to hold their home states, yet prevailed nationally to win reelection. The year was 1916.

Never before or since has a major party presidential ticket been elected when both candidates lost their home states.

— Andrea Stone

Obama Win In Wisconsin, Massachusetts Marks First Time Since 1972 Major Ticket Loses Home States (via thepoliticalfreakshow)

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