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The Election Could Point to a Mitt Romney Victory According to the Redskins Rule

Redskins Rule
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Tomorrow night is election night and if you want to know who is going to win the White House, you might not have to look any further than the NFL’s Washington Redskins. The Redskins have predicted the winner in every election since 1940, with the exception of 2004. By now, you might be wondering how that is possible. It’s called the “Redskins Rule” and it’s actually pretty simple and it has worked beautifully since 1940.

Basically, it works like this: if the Redskins win on the Sunday or Monday before the election, the incumbent wins. If they lose, the challenger wins.

The only exception to this rule happened in 2004 when the Redskins lost and George W. Bush won re-election. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first to benefit from this ‘rule’. Roosevelt won the White House in 1940 and won re-election in 1944, both after Redskin wins.

Richard Nixon has felt the effects of this ‘rule’ more than any other president and the Redskins were always his favorite team. The Redskins lost in 1960 and Nixon was defeated by John F. Kennedy. The ‘rule’ applied in this case because Nixon was the incumbent party’s candidate. The Skins lost in 1968 giving Nixon the presidency and they won in 1972 giving Nixon a successful re-election.

If this rule has any credibility at all, it doesn’t look good for President Obama because yesterday the Redskins lost to the Carolina Panthers 21-13, thus creating a potential Romney victory…we’ll see.

It is interesting that in 68 years, there has only been one exception to the ‘rule’. We’ll find out tomorrow night, but I don’t think I would place any bets based on this ‘rule’.

[ABC News]

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