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« on: February 23, 2015, 06:57:18 pm »

It is often discussed if a presidential candidate could lose his home state in the general election, or why he lost it, respectively.
But has it ever happened that a presidential candidate, who had won the nomination process, had lost his home state during the primaries?
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2015, 06:40:51 am »

Richard Nixon lost his home state of California in 1968 to Ronald Reagan, who was also from California.

Ah ... that makes sense. But it's a very unique situation where the top-two candidates lived in the same state. I'd guess it has never happened that the winner lost his home state against a candidate with a different home state.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 08:19:15 am »

I also heard that Chris Christie could potentially end up losing the NJ primary to Scott Walker in 2016 if his unpopular continues to increase.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2015, 11:45:18 am »

It is often discussed if a presidential candidate could lose his home state in the general election, or why he lost it, respectively.
But has it ever happened that a presidential candidate, who had won the nomination process, had lost his home state during the primaries?

It's an interesting question, but the only reason it happens in general elections is because the home state of the candidate leans heavily towards the other party. That isn't an issue in primaries so you'd be hard-pressed to find an example outside of fringe candidates.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2015, 11:50:45 am »

1932 Republican Maryland Presidential primary- Hoover beat challenger Senator Joseph France.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2015, 07:26:06 pm »

1932 Republican Maryland Presidential primary- Hoover beat challenger Senator Joseph France.

Erm ... no, that's not what I meant.
Had Hoover, however, been beaten in his home state of Iowa, then that primary were a perfect example of what I'm looking for.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2015, 06:26:39 pm »

I suppose if Romney lost MI to Santorum, but it's more of a "birth" state than a home state.

Here's a recent list:
2012 Romney in MA +60%
2008 McCain in AZ +13%
2008 Obama in IL +32%
2004 Kerry in MA +53%
2000 Gore in TN +87%
2000 Bush in TX +80%
1996 Dole in KS (I think KS didn't have a primary or caucus?)
1992 Clinton in AR +50%

So McCain was the closest.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2015, 12:05:57 pm »

Sorry to bump this old thread, but reading up on the '76 primaries between Reagan and Ford, I discovered both of them lost their birth states so that's something.
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2015, 12:30:56 pm »

Sorry to bump this old thread, but reading up on the '76 primaries between Reagan and Ford, I discovered both of them lost their birth states so that's something.

That's perhaps the best answer to my question.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 06:56:14 am »

If the primaries were held today, Bush would lose his home state...
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