I am blogging on Ohio for NROs Battlegrounders, along with a bunch of other good folks and I said yesterday that only two Republican candidates won Ohio without winning the presidency(1944 and 1960). I was corrected by a reader. He said this: "Actually it has happened 3 other times:
1856 - John Fremont won Ohio but lost to James Buchanan;
1884 - James Blaine won Ohio but lost to Grover Cleveland;
1892 - Benjamin Harrison won Ohio but lost to Grover Cleveland.
So in the 37 elections since the founding of the Republican Party, Republicans have lost 14 elections.
In those 14 lost elections, 5 times Republicans have carried Ohio but lost the Presidency -- or about 36% of the time.
Even if just restricting the count to elections since 1944 (a fairly arbitrary time period), Republicans lost 7 races, two of those while carrying Ohio -- or still almost 30% of the time.
So while its certainly not the norm for a Republican to win Ohio and lose the overall race, it certainly is not that unusual either." I thank the kind reader.