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  Bush not a winner in 'home' state, but not alone
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Last EditedMonsieur  Aug 22, 2006 11:39am
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News DateMonday, August 21, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush boldly, albeit light-heartedly, announced that he was "going to stay out of Connecticut" and its senatorial race, adding he may be "the only presidential candidate who never carried the state in which he was born."

When Bush made the remark at a Monday press conference, he admitted it may not hold up to extensive research. And in this case, fact-checkers didn't have to dig too deeply.

His father George H. W. Bush -- born June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts -- lost his "home" state by decisive margins in his two runs as a major party's presidential candidate. In 1988, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis won the state 53-45 percent (though Bush went on to become the nation's 41st president). Then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton defeated the elder Bush, 48 percent to 29 percent (with independent candidate Ross Perot winning 23 percent) in the Bay State four years later.

And if 1992 seemed like the distant past, the 2004 election itself disproved Bush's assertion. Not only did President George W. Bush lose his native-born state, so did his Democratic opponent, John Kerry.
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