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Fun With Presidential Statistics

I was going through the last several presidential elections in my mind, trying to come up with an example of a president who was defeated for re-election by a challenger who was not a governor at the time. If I’m remembering correctly, you have to go back to 1892. What’s the last time an incumbent president has been defeated by someone who was neither a sitting governor nor a former president himself? I’m at rponnuru@nationalreview.com

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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