Has a presidential nominee for one of the major parties ever lost his home state?

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In the first half of the 20th century, a major party Presidential nominee lost his home state 11 times!  Six of these were Democratic candidates, 5 Republican.  Since the war, 4 have lost their home states -- all Democrats:  Stevenson twice, McGovern and Gore.

Only two candidates have ever lost their home state and gone on to win the election:  Wilson and Polk.

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