Presidential Polls 2012: Why the Redskins NFL Score Means Obama Will Lose the Election

Around election time, everyone is trying to find an edge for their candidate. They'll talk about the likely turnout of the black Jews of Russian descent in District 9, or they'll talk about how Missouri always goes for the election winner.

But there is one thing that, with the exception of 2004, has never been wrong: the last Redskins homegame before an election. 

"The Redskin Rule," as it's called, works as so: If the Redskins win their homegame, the incumbent party wins the election. If they lose, then the election goes to the challenger. This rule has consistently been true as far back as 1940, where the Redskins beat the Steelers at home, and Roosevelt went on to win re-election.

Every four years after that, for a total of 16 games of getting it right, the Redskin game has accurately predicted the winner of the presidential election. There was a hiccup in 2004, when they lost to the Green Bay Packers, yet Bush won re-election, but come 2008, the rule was back into affect, losing to the Steelers and ushering in Obama.

Tomorrow the Redskins host the Carolina Panthers, and the Redskins (3-5) are on a losing streak, having lost the previous two games to the Giants and the Steelers. But fans of the president can relax a little, the Panthers (1-6) have been doing even worse, only winning 1 of their games so far this season, and are on a 5 game losing streak.  

So while Romney is undoubtedly a Patriots fan, and Obama is a fan of "Da Bears," one can bet that Romney will be praying that Cam Newton, who despite a rocking rookie year has been slumping this season, plays the game of his life.

Tune in tomorrow at 1:00 pm EST to watch the game! Tune in on Tuesday night to see if the Redskin Rule holds!

Update: The Redskins lost to the Carolina Panthers 21-13 ... possibly signaling a Mitt Romney win?

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Ethan Case

A moderate from Northern NJ, I work as a Mechanical Engineer in NYC's building industry with expertise in architecture, construction, green building, and energy modeling.

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