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People Want to Know the Height of Republican Candidates


August 5, 2015

Vocativ - Some of the most popular questions being punched into Google ahead of the Republican party’s first presidential debate—to take place in Ohio Thursday night—aren’t about the contenders’ policies or accomplishments. Instead, many are wondering: How tall are the GOP candidates?

The taller candidate won 58 percent of U.S. presidential polls from 1789 to 2008, according to researchers at Texas Tech University. Since 1900, the taller contender won 19 times while the shorter candidates won only eight elections, a New York Times chart shows. That may because voters are more likely to prefer tall leaders—a leaning that researchers say could be rooted in evolution.

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