Smart Politics crunches the historical numbers and finds that Mitt Romney’s loss in the state where he served as governor puts him in select company: A Smart Politics analysis finds the 23-point deficit by Romney in Massachusetts makes his home state performance the second worst in history by any major party presidential nominee since the formation of the Democratic Party in 1828. The only presidential candidate to suffer a larger home state loss was the first-ever Republican nominee, John Frémont of California. Frémont received only 18.8 percent of the vote in California in 1856, good for a distant third place behind Democrat James Buchanan and third party candidate and former president Millard Fillmore. Frémont lost to Buchanan by 29.6 points that cycle. It seems fair to refer to Massachusetts as Romney’s home state, though he seems connected to a variety of other states as well. There's Michigan, where his father served as governor and where he grew up, and New Hampshire and California, where he owns homes. From the election results, it’s clear that heavily Mormon Utah also feels a kinship with him. Romney won 73 percent there, his best performance among the 50 states.
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