Knowing your candidates

Candidate Mitt Romney was born and raised in Michigan by his governor father and senatorial-candidate mother. He was governor of Massachusetts, and summers in New Hampshire. His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is a congressman from Wisconsin.

This pair of candidates are behind in all polls in, among other places, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Their opponents are carrying their states, Illinois and Delaware, easily.

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I can think of a few presidential candidates who lost the national election but won their own home states — Dole and McCain, for example. But I can't think of any presidential candidates who won the national election without winning their home states.

Undecideds, take note. Those voters who know Romney and Ryan best are not voting for them.

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