Does the Washington Redskins last home game before a Presidential election predict the winner? Read more and see video of John McCain and Barack Obama below.
Except for 2004, the last home game prior to the election for the NFL’s Washington Redskins has correctly predicted the outcome of the Presidential race since 1936. According to the legend, if the Redskins win the home game prior to the election, the incumbent party stays in power. If the Redskins lose, the other party moves into the White House. Prior to the Bush/Edwards race in 2004, this legend held true during every Presidential election since 1936.
1936 – The then Boston Redskins beat the Chicago Cardinals 13-10, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected two days later.
1940 – The now Washington Redskins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 37-10. Two days later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the only 3-term President in American history.
1944 – The Skins beat the Cleveland Rams 14-10. Two days later, FDR was again elected President, marking his fourth term.
1948 – A Redskins win over the Boston Yanks led to a win for incumbent President Harry S. Truman (who had taken over after FDR died early in his 4th term).
1952 – The Skins lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-23, and the incumbent Democrat party lost to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1956 – A 20-9 Redskins win over the Cleveland Browns predicted Ike’s second Presidential term.
1960 – The Redskins 31-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns resulted in the incumbent Republicans losing to Democrat John F. Kennedy.
1964 – TheSkins beat the Chicago Bears 27-20, and the incumbent Democrat Lyndon Johnson beat the Republican challenger.
1968 – A 13-10 Skins loss to the New York Giants predicted a Democratic loss to Republican Richard Nixon.
1972 – The Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-20, and Republican Nixon beats his Democrat foe.
1976 – The Skins lose to the Cowboys 20-7. Two days later, Democrat Jimmy Carter ousted the incumbent Republican party.
1980 – Washington lost 39-14 to the Vikings. Republican Ronald Reagan beat incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter.
1984 – Redskins beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-14. Incumbent Republican Ronald Reagan beat challenger Walter Mondale.
1988 – A Skins 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints predicted a Republican win for George H. W. Bush over Democrat Michael Dukakis.
1992 – The Skins lost 24-7 to the New York Giants, and incumbent Republican Bush lost to Democrat Bill Clinton.
1996 – The Skins beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-16, and incumbent Bill Clinton beat challenger Bob Dole.
2000 – Washington lost to the Tennessee Titans 27-21, which predicted the loss of the incumbent Democratic party as Republican George W. Bush took office over Democrat Al Gore.
2004 – A break in tradition. The Skins lost to the Green Bay Packers. However, incumbent President Bush defeated challenger John Kerry.
With Washington’s loss tonight to the Pittsburgh Steelers, will the legend hold true? If Democrat Barack Obama wins, perhaps the 2004 game and resulting election was merely a fluke in an otherwise solid run of election predictions. But, if incumbent party representative John McCain wins, perhaps it marks the end of an era for the Washington Redskins and their influence over the Presidential election.
Monday Night Football videos of John McCain and Barack Obama are below.
John McCain Monday Night Football Interview Video
Barack Obama Monday Night Football Interview Video