Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and their running mates have a fair claim to a number of "home" states. None of these are really “swing states,” but these in theory are the states that know these men best, so let's take a look at how the campaign is going in these states. Poll numbers are from Nate Silver's polling average as of Sunday, November 4.
|State||Claim to fame
|District of Columbia||Obama resides in the White House (2009-present).||88.0%||8.0%||Obama +80.0%|
|Hawaii||Obama was born in Honolulu (August 4, 1961).||61.6%||33.6%||Obama +27.5%|
|Illinois||Obama moved to Chicago in 1991. He was Illinois State Senator 1997-2004 and Illinois’ US Senator 2004-2008.||56.6%||38.7%||Obama +17.9%|
|Mass-achusetts||Romney has degrees in business and law from Harvard University (1971-1975). He stayed in Boston where he worked for Bain Capital (1977-2002) and served as Bishop of the Ward for the LDS Church (1981-1986). He ran for Senate unsuccessfully (1994). He was elected Governor (2003-2007).
Obama has a degree in law from Harvard University (1988-1991).
|Michigan||Romney was born in Detroit (March 12, 1947). His father George Romney was President of the American Motors Company (1954-1962) and Governor of Michigan (1963-1969).||49.3%||44.6%||Obama +4.7%|
|Utah||Mitt and Ann Romney were married at the Salt Lake Temple (1969). Romney attended Brigham Young University. Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Romney owns a home in Park City, UT.||24.3%||69.9%||Romney +45.6%|
|California||Romney owns a lavish beachfront home in La Jolla.
Obama attended Occidental College.
|New Hampshire||Romney owns a beachfront vacation home in Wolfeboro, NH.||48.7%||46.3%||Obama +2.4%|
|Wisconsin||Paul Ryan was born, raised and continues to live in Janesville, WI where he represents Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.||49.9%||45.7%||Obama +4.2%|
|Pennsylvania||Joe Biden was born in Scranton (Nov. 20, 1942) and lived there until 1953.||49.6%||44.8%||Obama +4.8%|
|Delaware||Biden moved to Delaware in 1953. He served as Delaware’s Senator (1973-2009).||57.1%||37.8%||Obama +21.0%|
|Ohio||Ryan attended Miami Univerity (Ohio).||48.7%||45.8%||Obama +2.9%|
|New York||Biden attended Syracuse University.||59.9%||35.0%||Obama +24.9%|