Many of the front runners in the presidential campaign are octogenarians. President Trump, a virtual lock to be the Republican nominee, is 73 years old. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are 78 and 77, respectively. Which raises a question: if elected, how likely are they to survive a 4-year term in office?
There’s no perfect answer to this question. Any estimates are just that—estimates. Lacking detailed medical data, such estimates are even less reliable. That said, it is illuminating to consider what the typical life span is for people of the age of each of the current candidates.
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