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Home State Blues: 2012 Contenders Have Tough Climb

Tom Williams/Roll Call
Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum is highly unlikely to win his home state of Pennsylvania should he capture the GOP presidential nod in 2012.

A whopping 65 percent of New Jersey voters would oppose a Christie candidacy, according to a Rutgers University Eagleton poll released in mid-April. And though Christie generates enthusiasm from Republicans nationwide, just 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans supported the outspoken executive, who earned a 6-point victory in 2009, ousting Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine with less than 49 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

Practically speaking, the Republican nominee won't need to carry traditionally Democratic states such as Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey or even swing states such as Pennsylvania to capture the White House.

But the DNC's Woodhouse said that the GOP candidates' weak support back home should not be forgotten: "That should be a wake-up call to voters elsewhere."

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