Sunday, October 30, 2016
Will The Washington NFL Team's October 16 Win Translate To A Clinton One?
Since the team moved to DC from Boston in 1937, when the Washington NFL franchise wins their last home game before the presidential election, the incumbent party stays in the Oval Office. If they lose their last home game, according to the rule, the party out of power wins the subsequent national presidential election.
The Washington Rule has been remarkably consistent, and only been wrong once.
In 2012, the Washington NFL team lost to the Carolina Panthers 21-13, but incumbent President Barack Obama won in an electoral landslide over Mitt Romney.
If you count the presidential elections of 1932 and 1936 before the team relocated to Washington DC, it's twice.
In 1932, they beat the Staten Island Stapletons in their last home game before the election 19-6 but Democratic nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican president Herbert Hoover for the first of his four terms.
The Washington NFL franchise is playing across The Pond at Wembley Stadium today against the Cincinnati Bengals and because of their subsequent bye week, won't be playing their next home game against the Minnesota Vikings until after the election on November 13.
Will that result on October 16 be backed up by the election on November 8? We'll find out in a few days.
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