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The only major party candidate to lose the vote in his home state by more than Mitt Romney was John Fremont of California in 1856. Fremont lost the popular vote in California by more than 29 percent to Democrat James Buchanan. Romney lost the popular vote in Massachusetts to Obama by almost 26 points.
Ouch. That hurts.
Fremont was the Republican Party’s first ever presidential candidate, back in the days when the Republican Party was the progressive party, favoring the abolition of slavery. Fremont’s loss of the presidency in 1856 just put off the Civil War by four years. In 1860, shortly after Abraham Lincoln’s election, the war broke out. Fremont served as a general for part of the Civil War. In 1864, he ran against Lincoln for the presidency but withdrew from the race in September. There’s lots more on Fremont than his rather bland congressional biography suggests, including the discovery of gold on his land in the midst of the California gold rush.
Fun piece here in Smart Politics about other party candidates getting spanked in their home state.