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President Polk And Mitt Romney–Not Liked By Those Who Knew Them Best

November 3, 2012

A little trivia as we enter the final weekend of the presidential election.

President James K. Polk holds a distinction among those who have sought the nation’s top job: He’s the only major candidate to win the White House despite losing the vote in the state where he was born and the state where he lived.

It happened in 1844, and now 168 years later, Republican nominee Mitt Romney may need to duplicate Polk’s feat if he wants to defeat President Barack Obama in Tuesday’s election.

According to polls, Romney faces the prospect of losing both the state of his birth, Michigan, and the state where he lives and served as governor, Massachusetts.

Obama holds a double digit lead in Massachusetts, but the race is closer in Michigan, with the polls tightening, though the president remains in front.

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