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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Sunday, October 31, 2004

    Omens rule; pollsters drool 

    Could professional sports augur any better for Kerry? The Massachusetts senator, no slouch in the superstition racket, is on quite a streak. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and Kerry practically ran the table during the primaries.

    Then the Boston Red Sox won the World Series after making an historic comeback against the Hated Yankess to win the American League pennant. The end of the Curse of the Bambino was a supersize metaphor for the Kerry campaign.

    Sunday was the Redskins-Green Bay Packers game.

    Some history here. Since 1932, every time the Redskins (or their predecessors) have lost the game before Election Day, the party in the White House has lost. Everytime they've won that pre-election game, the incumbent party has wons. That's 17 presidential elections

    So picking sides was pretty simple. Bush for the Redskins; Kerry for the Packers (even though he once called the storied Lambeax Field "Lambert Field")Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, a strong Bush backer, had a double stake in the game.

    Final score: Packers 28, Redskins 14.

    The Packers victory was enough to prompt a quick e-mail to reporters from the campaign, with the requisite Kerry quote. This even though Kerry told Knight Ridder on Friday that he wasn't too concerned about the outcome becuase the Red Sox win had wiped away all other curses, omens, portents and premonitions.

    “This streak started with Herbert Hoover, and will continue this week when George Bush, the only president since Hoover to lose jobs, loses his," Kerry said in a statement.

    Here's the decades old record, thanks to the Green Bay Press Gazette:
    2000: Tennessee 27, Redskins 21... Democrats lose White House (George W. Bush defeats Al Gore)

    1996: Redskins 31, Indianapolis 16… Democrats keep it (Bill Clinton defeats Bob Dole)

    1992: New York Giants 24, Redskins 7… Republicans lose it (Clinton defeats George H.W. Bush)

    1988: Redskins 27, New Orleans 24… Republicans keep it (Bush defeats Michael Dukakis)

    1984: Redskins 27, Atlanta 14… Republicans keep it (Ronald Reagan defeats Walter Mondale)

    1980: Minnesota 39, Redskins 14… Democrats lose it (Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter)

    1976: Dallas 20, Redskins 7… Republicans lose it (Carter defeats Gerald Ford)

    1972: Redskins 35, New York Jets 17… Republicans keep it (Richard Nixon defeats George McGovern)

    1968: Minnesota 27, Redskins 13… Democrats lose it (Nixon defeats Hubert Humphrey)

    1964: Redskins 21, Philadelphia 10… Democrats keep it (Lyndon Johnson defeats Barry Goldwater)

    1960: Cleveland 31, Redskins 10… Republicans lose it (John Kennedy defeats Nixon)

    1956: Redskins 17, Chicago Cardinals 14… Republicans keep it (Dwight Eisenhower defeats Adlai Stevenson)

    1952: Pittsburgh 24, Redskins 23… Democrats lose it (Eisenhower defeats Stevenson)

    1948: Redskins 51, Boston Yanks 21… Democrats keep it (Harry Truman defeats Thomas Dewey)

    1944: Redskins 42, Chi-Pitt 20… Democrats keep it (Franklin Roosevelt defeats Dewey)

    1940: Washington Redskins 37, Pittsburgh 10… Democrats keep it (Roosevelt defeats Wendell Willkie)

    1936: Boston Redskins 13, Chicago Cardinals 10… Democrats keep it (Roosevelt defeats Alfred Landon)

    1932: Boston Braves 7, Chicago Bears 7… Republicans lose it (Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover)

    posted by Jim Kuhnhenn at 9:03 PM



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