Will Redskins Rule predict presidential election winner again?

- With the presidential election only a few weeks away, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are likely looking for any edge before voters hit the polls on Nov. 8. But as history has shown, the candidates should pay extra attention on how the Washington Redskins perform in their next game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The so-called Redskins Rule has successfully predicted the result in 17 of the last 19 presidential elections since the Redskins moved to Washington D.C. back in 1937.

So how does the rule work? If the Redskins win their final home game prior to the election, the party of the incumbent president would retain the presidency. But if the Redskins lose, the candidate for the opposing party would become president.

If the rule holds true, Clinton is surely hoping for a Redskins win while Trump should be rooting for the Eagles.

From 1940 to 2000, the Redskins Rule was a perfect 16 for 16 in predicting the presidential winner. However, the rule has not been as good recently as it was incorrect in predicting the 2004 and 2012 elections.

If you are one of those who is not a fan of either candidate, just know that it is possible for NFL games to end in a tie.

Year Election Result Redskins score Opponent score Redskins Result? Incumbent Party win or loss? Redskins Rule correct or incorrect?
2016 Clinton vs. Trump ? ? ? ? ?
2012 Obama defeats Romney Redskins - 13 Panthers - 21 Loss Win Incorrect
2008 Obama defeats McCain Redskins - 6 Steelers - 23 Loss Loss Correct
2004 Bush defeats Kerry Redskins - 14 Packers - 28 Loss Win Incorrect
2000 Bush defeats Gore Redskins - 21 Titans - 27 Loss Loss Correct
1996 Clinton defeats Dole Redskins - 31 Colts - 16 Win Win Correct
1992 Clinton defeats Bush Redskins - 7 Giants - 24 Loss Loss Correct
1988 Bush defeats Dukakis Redskins - 27 Saints - 24 Win Win Correct
1984 Reagan defeats Mondale Redskins - 27 Falcons - 14 Win Win Correct
1980 Reagan defeats Carter Redskins - 14 Vikings - 39 Loss Loss Correct
1976 Carter defeats Ford Redskins - 7 Cowboys - 20 Loss Loss Correct
1972 Nixon defeats McGovern Redskins - 24 Cowboys - 20 Win Win Correct
1968 Nixon defeats Humphrey Redskins - 10 Giants - 13 Loss Loss Correct
1964 Johnson defeats Goldwater Redskins - 27 Bears - 20 Win Win Correct
1960 Kennedy defeats Nixon Redskins - 10 Browns - 31 Loss Loss Correct
1956 Eisenhower defeats Stevenson Redskins - 20 Browns - 9 Win Win Correct
1952 Eisenhower defeats Stevenson Redskins - 23 Steelers - 24 Loss Loss Correct
1948 Truman defeats Dewey Redskins - 59 Yanks - 21 Win Win Correct
1944 Roosevelt defeats Dewey Redskins - 14 Rams - 10 Win Win Correct
1940 Roosevelt defeats Willkie Redskins - 37 Steelers - 10 Win Win Correct

 

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