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Candidates Gore and Bush Are Tied in the Name Game

November 06, 2000

Another indicator of presidential election results ("May the Best, or Tallest, Man Win," Oct. 30) is the length of the candidates' last names. The candidate with the longer moniker is more than twice as likely to win.

However, this year, Gore and Bush are tied for the number of last-name letters, so we get little help there. (Such name equality also occurred in eight other elections, from Polk-Clay and Lincoln-Douglas to Reagan-Carter.)

It's also true that no president with four letters in his last name has ever been reelected: Polk, Taft, Ford, Bush. So maybe this year's winner will lose in the long run?

THOMAS RISCHE

Torrance

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