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Rubio's Florida loss puts him in rare company



Marco Rubio is only the third Republican since the Great Depression to lose a home state presidential primary in a cycle in which the candidate was victorious in at least one state, according to a Smart Politics analysis.

Other points from the report:

● Since the mid-1930s, the only other Republican White House hopefuls with a win to their name who lost a home state primary were George H.W. Bush in 1980 (losing Texas by 3.6 points to Ronald Reagan) and Pat Robertson in 1988 (losing Virginia by 40 points to George H.W. Bush).

● During the first 20 years of presidential primaries, four other GOPers were victorious in at least one state but lost their home state primary: Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 (New York, to William Taft), Taft in 1912 (Ohio, to Roosevelt), Hiram Johnson in 1924 (California, to Calvin Coolidge), and Joseph France in 1932 (Maryland, to Herbert Hoover).

● Although Pat Buchanan carried four states in 1996, his home state of Virginia did not hold a presidential preference vote that cycle. Ron Paul, who lost his home state of Texas in 2012, did not win a preference vote although he had a plurality of delegates in four states at the national convention.

● Nearly two-dozen other Republican presidential candidates have lost their home states since 1912, but none carried a state that cycle. Nearly six-dozen GOP candidates have won their home state primaries over the last century, including Ted Cruz and John Kasich in 2016.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:23pm]


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