GOP ticket trivia

GOP TICKET TRIVIA…. I was born in 1973, and it’s been fun to note that every single Republican presidential ticket in my lifetime, before this year, has featured someone with the last name Bush or Dole. It’s not unusual to take this one step further and note, again before this year, that every Republican presidential ticket since 1952, with one exception, has featured someone with the last name Bush, Dole, or Nixon.

But Mark Halperin asks a fun one: “When was the last U.S. presidential election the Republican Party won without a Nixon or a Bush on the ticket?”

Think it over; the answer is below.

The Republican ticket of Hoover/Curtis way back in 1928 was the last time a GOP ticket without a Bush or Nixon won.

Did you know without looking?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.