During the Presidential campaign, much has been made of Barack Obama’s slender physique, with some commentators going so far as to argue that he is too thin for most Americans to relate to him.  Obama’s just under 6’2”, more than 6″ taller than McCain, which might explain some of the recent poll numbers and the angry “short man” complex McCain’s diplayed his whole life. Does candidate height and weight play a role in electoral success? The New York Times took a graphic look at the heights and ages of the presidential candidates for the last 29 elections. Apparently when there was a significant difference, height won out 17 out of 23 times, and girth won out 18 out of 24 times.

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