The Washington Redskins lost their home game against North Carolina on Sunday, which means, according to a statistical curiosity known as the Redskins Rule, that Republican Mitt Romney will win the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday.
The Redskins Rule
In any presidential election year during which the Redskins lose their last home game before the election, the incumbent party will be voted out of office. If the Redskins win, the incumbent party stays.
The Redskins Rule has accurately predicted the outcomes of 17 of the 18 national elections held since the Redskins took up residence in Washington, D.C. in 1937. Its one big failure occurred in 2004, when the Redskins' loss to the Green Bay Packers predicted a win for Democrat John Kerry. The presidency went to G.W. Bush.
Read more about it:
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• Presidential Predictors: Beyond the Redskins Rule
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