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Marco Rubio 3rd Republican in 80 Years to win state, but lose home primary

Marco Rubio’s big-time loss to Donald Trump in Tuesday night’s Florida presidential primary puts him in distinguished company.

The loss makes him just the third Republican since the Great Depression to lose a home presidential primary in a cycle in which he won at least one state, according to a new Smart Politics report.

The other two Republican candidates to lose at home while still winning at least one state were George H.W. Bush in 1980 (who lost Texas to Ronald Reagan by 3.6 percentage points) and Pat Robertson in 1988 (who won in Iowa but lost Virginia to George H.W. Bush in 1988).

 What about Pat Buchanan in 1996, some political nerd might be asking? While winning four other states that year, his home state of Virginia (bizarrely enough) did not host a primary.

Smart Politics also notes that in 2012 Ron Paul lost his home state of Texas, though he had a plurality of four states at the national convention.

The post also notes that nearly two-dozen other Republican presidential candidates have lost their home states since 1912, but none of them ever won a state in their campaigns.

In addition to Minnesota, Rubio also won the Puerto Rico primary and the Washington, D.C. caucuses.

Smart Politics is a blog written by Dr. Eric Ostermeier.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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