Home state wins and losses in the last five U.S. presidential elections

Timeline created by BrendanNoel
  • 1996: Clinton, Gore, and Dole win home states

    1996: Clinton, Gore, and Dole win home states
    No change on the Democratic side from 1992 - incumbent President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore held on to their respective home states of Arkansas and Tennessee. While Bob Dole won his home state of Texas, his running mate Jack Kemp's home state of Maryland also went to Clinton.
  • 2000: With Gore in charge, Tennessee goes for Bush

    2000: With Gore in charge, Tennessee goes for Bush
    Republicans George W. Bush and Dick Cheney won their home states of Texas and Wyoming respectively. While Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman won his home state of Connecticut, Vice President Gore's home state of Tennessee moved into the Bush column after going to the Clinton/Gore ticket in both 1992 and 1996.
  • 2004: Edwards can't turn North Carolina blue

    2004: Edwards can't turn North Carolina blue
    Texas and Wyoming went to the Bush/Cheney ticket once again. While the usually-Democratic voting Massachussets went for John Kerry, his running mate John Edwards wasn't enough to move conservative North Carolina to the Democrats.
  • 2008: 4 for 4 in home state victories

    2008: 4 for 4 in home state victories
    Both candidates for President and Vice President won their home states in 2008 - Illinois and Delaware to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and Arizona and Alaska to John McCain and Sarah Palin.
  • 2012: Romney/Ryan first ticket to lose both home states in 40 years

    2012: Romney/Ryan first ticket to lose both home states in 40 years
    Illinois and Delaware, the home states for incumbents Barack Obama and Joe Biden respectively, were decisive wins for the President. Massachussets and Wisconsin also went to Obama, leaving Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the first ticket to lose both their home states since 1972. In that election, the Republican Nixon/Agnew ticket trounced Democratic candidate George McGovern 520-17 in the Electoral College.