The Most Interesting Election Stat Ever

There are tons of election statistics that are fairly interesting coming out of this election. The fact that Nate Silver called all 50 states. The percentage of blacks and hispanics that voted for President Obama. That there were voting districts where Governor Romney didn’t receive a single vote. The fact that there are (finally) more Congressman who have not signed Grover Norquist’s pledge then have even while the Republicans maintained control of the House. (This, by the way, may be the most important statistic.)

But none of these are the most interesting statistic. The most interesting statistic, the one that leaves me going “huh,” the one that makes me wonder about all the data and all the stats and what they mean, is one simple fact: by the time we have another Presidential election it will be nearly 90 years since Republicans won the Presidency without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket.

The last time was Herbert Hoover, in 1928, whose Vice President was a man named Charles Curtis. Since then we have…

  • 1932 to 1952: Democrats
  • 1953 to 1960: Dwight Eisenhower with his VP, Richard Nixon
  • 1961 to 1968: Democrats
  • 1969 to 1976: Richard Nixon won the Presidency twice, which transitioned to Gerald Ford when he resigned
  • 1977 to 1980: Democrat
  • 1981 to 1988: Ronald Reagan won twice with his VP, George HW Bush
  • 1989 to 1992: George HW Bush won the Presidency
  • 1993 to 2000: Democrat
  • 2001 to 2008: George W Bush won the Presidency twice
  • 2009 to 2016: Democrat

That’s an amazing streak. All I know is that if I was the Republican nominee for President in 2016, Jeb Bush would be my first choice for VP. Otherwise, I might just give up and go home. 🙂

4 thoughts on “The Most Interesting Election Stat Ever

    • It’s fun, Doug, not meant to be taken seriously.

      Given that, streaks, positive or negative, are apart of life. From the great philosophical movie Bull Durham:

      *Crash Davis *: I told him that a player on a streak has to respect the streak. *Annie Savoy *: Oh fine. *Crash Davis *: You know why? Because they don’t – -they don’t happen very often. *Annie Savoy *: Right. *Crash Davis *: If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear, then you *are*! And you should know that!

      And if you believe you won’t be elected without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket 🙂

      On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM, Elia Insider

  1. Hi Elia,

    Actually the number that has me both amazed and saddened is the total amount of money donated and spent by both candidates. When you consider all the needs and issues in this country and the lack of money for basic things like food and shelter the number looks even worse.

    $2 BILLION dollars. Donated and most spent. How many meals is this? How many families could be helped? Re-educated? Given a fighting chance? What kind of start in fixing the preposterous debacle that is called “the education system”? How much could it help move towards healthcare reform?

    And what was the money spent on… mostly the swing states, mostly commercials. Pathetic.


    • I’m not disagreeing. I would love to see election funding reform. But we can say the same thing about almost everything in this country. P&G spent almost $10B on marketing last year. Couldn’t we find a better use for those dollars, too?

      On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM, Elia Insider

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