Every State’s Favorite Hometown Presidential Candidate

by Jonathan Hobratsch

At the bottom of this blog, I present a list of the most popular presidential candidates by home state. For home state, I include every president’s birth state and their residential state at the time of their running for office. [Note: All statistics start from 1828, the first modern election.]

It is interesting that Obama, Ford and Eisenhower are the only presidents to be the most popular home-state presidents of two states. Other surprising facts include:

  • California liked Hoover more than Reagan
  • Illinois liked Obama more than Lincoln
  • New York likes Eisenhower more than numerous New York candidates
  • William Henry Harrison outdid all the other well-known Ohio born presidents
  • LBJ was more popular in Texas than the Bushes, despite running against a social conservative in 1964.

List of top home state presidents:

Alabama: Wallace, 1968, 65.86%

Arizona: McCain, 2008, 53.64%

Arkansas: Clinton, 1996, 53.74%

California: Hoover, 1928, 64.69%

Connecticut: Bush, 2004, 43.94%

Georgia: Carter, 1976, 66.74%

Hawaii: Obama, 2008, 71.85%

Illinois: Obama, 2008, 61.92%

Indiana: Wilkie, 1944, 50.44%

Iowa: Hoover, 1928, 61.77%

Kansas: Eisenhower, 1956, 68.77%

Kentucky: Clay, 1832, 54.49%

Louisiana: Taylor, 1848, 54.59%

Maine: Blaine, 1884, 55.34%

Massachusetts: Adams, 1828, 76.36%

Michigan: Ford, 1976, 51.83%

Minnesota: Humphrey, 1968, 54.97%

Missouri: Truman, 1948, 58.11%

Nebraska: Ford, 1976, 59.19%

New Hampshire: Pierce, 1852, 56.40%

New Jersey: McClellan, 1864, 52.8%

New York: Eisenhower, 1956, 61.19%

North Carolina: Polk, 1844, 46.52%

Ohio: Harrison,  1840, 54.10%

Pennsylvania: Blaine, 1884, 52.97%

South Carolina: Thurmond, 1948, 71.97%

South Dakota: McGovern, 1972, 45.52%

Tennessee: Jackson, 1832, 95.42%

Texas: Johnson, 1964, 63.32%

Vermont: Coolidge, 1924, 78.22%

Virginia: Wilson, 1916, 66.99%

West Virginia: Davis, 1924, 44.07%

Wisconsin: La Follette, 1924, 53.96%

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