Today’s the big day to cast your vote, elect a variety of politicians and support or dismiss your state’s propositions. Now we’ll see how accurate all of the pollsters and prognosticators have been at predicting the results. Better yet, others have searched high and low for more unconventional ways to predict election outcomes by searching out patterns and connections. The Houston Chronicle has collated a list of 10 such predictions. For more detailed analysis, visit their website, but here’s a summary of the findings:
The Redskins Rule
What is it? If the Washington Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party wins.
Who wins? Panthers over Redskins on Sunday, so Romney over Obama today.
The 7-Eleven Coffee Cup Election
What is it? Buy a Romney or Obama coffee cup at 7-Eleven. The candidate with the most joe wins.
Who wins? Obama’s up 59% to 41%.
What is it? The party ticket with the most mask sales have correlated with every president since Ronald Reagan won the 1980 election.
Who wins? Buycostumes.com has the Romney-Ryan ticket clinging to a 2% lead.
Alabama vs. LSU
What is it? Alabama’s the stand-in for the Democrats, and LSU is the stand-in for the Republicans.
Who wins? The Crimson Tide won 21-17, predicting a W for Obama.
The 14-Year Rule
What is it? When you’re elected to your first major office, the clock starts ticking. You have 14 years to reach the presidency. Otherwise, you’re past your "sell by" date.
Who wins? Romney’s actually "fresher" than Obama, who just passed his 14-year "sell by" date.
What is it? If the L.A. Lakers make the NBA Championship series, a Republican makes it to the White House.
Who wins? The Lakers missed the NBA finals this year, so Romney will fall short as well.
Futures Market Trading
What is it? Intrading.com sells futures contracts for presidential candidates. Whoever trades higher, wins.
Who wins? Obama is trading above $7, while Romeny is trading at less than half of that amount.
First Lady Cookie Contest
What is it? Family Circle magazine solicits cookie recipes from the First Ladies. Most votes wins.
Who wins? Ann Romney’s M&M cookies were solid but no match for Michelle Obama’s white and dark chocolate chip cookies this year.
What is it? Kids can’t cast real votes, but they can let their opinions be heard in the Scholastic News election poll.
Who wins? The kids are alright with Obama.
What is it? The National Astrology Conference convenes every four years to predict the president by reading tea leaves or flipping Tarot cards (or however they do it).
Who wins? The stars have aligned for Obama.
Of course, the only thing that truly matters in the end is actual votes. Don’t forget to get out today and do your part! You can practice by voting in our AgWeb poll.