Didn’t Mondale lose his home state of Minnesota in1984, vs. Reagan redux?
This is not so far fetched.
No, Mondale carried Minnesota. MN hasn’t voted GOP for President since 1972.
We're looking more at a 1980 parallel here...
“Didnt Mondale lose his home state of Minnesota in1984, vs. Reagan redux? This is not so far fetched.”
Yup! And remember, in 2000, Gore lost TN to Bush.
As for Obama. First off, he’s a Chicago transplant. None of his relatives are buried in that town. Secondly, I have family both in Cook County, Joliet and Springfield. Some are D’s,some are R’s...though not a one of them considers him a ‘local’.
If Chicago turnout is low (blacks and ethnic unionized whites)...anything is possible. I’d let Ryan do the talking.
Uhh no. Minnesota is the only state Mondale carried.
And Al Gore lost Tennessee in 2000.
She told us that Reagan could have won Minnesota with a couple more campaign appearance and they knew it. But Reagan knew he was needed more in helping with a handful of down ticket races in states which he had already sewn up, so he opted to help out the team rather than create history as the first president ever elected for an all state sweep.
As it turned out, the only campaign appearance he made in Minnesota was a late evening refueling stop in Rochester on election eve which was barely in time to make the 10 p.m. news.
He was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd. We voted and the morning after the election, my father work us up with an early morning phone call.
"Did you hear that they caught both those guys?" He asked.
Still wiping the sleep from my eyes (I'd just gotten married a few months earlier and was up late doing what many newlyweds do), I asked "Both what guys?"
"Both of those guys that voted for Mondale" chuckled my Dad.
Mondale carried MN and DC.
Gore is the only presidential candidate who didn’t carry his (more or less) home state that I can remember.
Even IF (big IF) Obama were to lose IL, he’d probably still carry HI.