If you’re following the election as close as I think a lot of you are, you’ve probably got the polling numbers for each state memorized. You don’t? Okay, maybe that’s just me. Actually, that’s probably a good thing, because if you believe in the so-called “Redskins Rule,” you already know who’s going to win Tuesday night.
Here’s how it works. Look at the score from the last Washington Redskins home game before the election. If the Redskins win, the party in power stays in power. If they lose, the challenger sleeps in the White House the coming January. The only outlier is the 2004 election, when Bush defeated Kerry despite a Redskins loss.
Still, a 94% (17/18) success rate since 1940 isn’t bad, which probably leaves everyone wondering who won today’s game at FedEx Field…
Despite analysts favoring Washington by a 3.5-point margin, the North Carolina Panthers dominated the game 21-13 (the box score looks more impressive). Looks like this one’s going to the challenger – ehem, Mitt Romney.
Republicans, rejoice! That is, if you believe in the Redskins Rule.