Originally Posted by Wenge
There is misinformation in the article. President Obama's homestate is not Illinois, it is Hawaii. Illinois is his adopted state. Nitpicking maybe, but if I were Hawaii I would be very insulted.
I consider a "homestate" as the state you call home. For me, that's Arizona and for President Obama, that would be Illinois.
The state you were born in is your birthstate. While a homestate and a birthstate might be the same, I don't see why they can't be different.