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15 Recent Presidential Elections: A Matter of Inches

David K. Israel
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As you know, it's Zach Kanin week here at the _floss. Here's a wonderful excerpt from his new book, The Short Book, that looks at the last 15 elections in feet and inches. (Winning presidents are in bold.)

U.S Presidents and Their Opponents Since the Ubiquity of Television 1948Harry S. Truman (D) 5' 9" Thomas E. Dewey (R) 5' 8" Difference 1" 1952Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 5' 10 1/2" Adlai Stevenson (D) 5' 10" Difference 1/2" 1956Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) 5' 10 1/2" Adlai Stevenson (D) 5' 10" Difference 1/2" 1960John F. Kennedy (D) 6' 0" Richard M. Nixon (R) 5' 11 1/2" Difference 1/2" 1964Lyndon Johnson (D) 6' 3" Barry Goldwater (R) 6' 0" Difference 3" 1968Richard M. Nixon (R) 5' 11 1/2" Hubert H. Humphrey (D) 5' 11 1/2" Difference 0" 1972Richard M. Nixon (R) 5' 11 1/2" George McGovern (D) 6' 1" Difference - 1 1/2 " 1976Jimmy Carter (D) 5' 9" Gerald R. Ford (R) 6' 1" Difference - 4" 1980Ronald Reagan (R) 6' 1" Jimmy Carter (D) 5' 9" Difference 4" 1984Ronald Reagan (R) 6' 1" Walter F. Mondale (D) 5' 10" Difference 3" 1988 George H. W. Bush (R) 6' 2" Michael Dukakis (D) 5' 8" Difference 6" 1992William J. Clinton (D) 6' 2" George H. W. Bush (R) 6' 2" Difference 0" 1996William J. Clinton (D) 6' 2" Robert Dole (R) 6' 1" Difference 1" 2000George W. Bush (R) 5' 11" Albert Gore (D) 6' 1" Difference -2" 2004George W. Bush (R) 5' 11" John Kerry (D) 6' 4" Difference -5" The data shows the bleak possibilities for shorter candidate. Based on the statistical chances of George W. Bush defeating not one but TWO taller candidates, we can only conclude once and for all that he stole both elections.

Also from Zach Kanin week: check out my interview with the little man and be sure to enter our latest caption contest with our very own Kanin cartoon.

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