Superstitions may have already decided election

Posted at: 11/05/2012 5:25 PM
Updated at: 11/05/2012 9:19 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News

For months we've seen the polls and pundits making predictions about who will win Tuesday's presidential election. There are some predictors that are fairly accurate and are deserving of mention. They have politics, sports and history on their side.

Both candidates are taking their last chance to convince voters. Both are hoping to secure their place in history by winning Tuesday. But if you believe in some superstitions, then the election may already be decided. One of those rules is the "Redskin Rule". It traces back to 1937. New Mexicans like Eva Hobbs isn't convinced in either candidates side.

"I just... I just don't know for sure. I think it's just such a mess. I think that both of them are a mess. I don't know," Hobbs said.

Whether you believe in it or not, the "Redskin Rule" has been accurate 17 of 18 times. If the Washington Redskins win their last game prior to the election, the incumbent party stays in power. the Redskins lost Sunday. The only time that it was wrong was in 2000. Voters like Nan Burke think that some have too much time on their hands.

"It's people with too much time on their hands. I'm going to vote for the candidate that I chose. That has nothing to do with superstition. I'm going to vote for what I think is the best candidate," Burke said.

Another trend going back to 1984 is the L.S.U. versus Alabama football game. An Alabama win has meant a Democrat win. An L.S.U. victory has meant a Republican win. The Alabama Crimson Tide knocked off the Tigers Saturday with a late touchdown. Jennie Gonzales thinks it's funny to talk about.

"I think it's hilarious. I think we need to make some fun out of it and I think we need to just humor ourselves because with our economy lately we've definitely hit rock-bottom," Gonzales said.