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Predicting the Election: Quirky Ways to Guess the Next President
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Cookies: Marc Serraro, owner of the Oakmont Bakery, moves platters of sugar cookies with pictures of Obama and Romney in Oakmont, Pa. The bakery is keeping track of which cookie sells the best in hopes of predicting the election.
Masks: Two football fans wear President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney masks during the first half of an NCAA college football game. The sales of political masks have long been used as a tool to predict presidential elections.
Blinking: Eric Ostermeier, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, is counting the number of times each candidate blinks during the debates. He says the candidate that blinks the most will lose the election.
First Lady Recipe: Since 1992, Family Circle magazine has held a First Lady cookie contest, asking readers to vote for the wife with the best cookie recipe. All but one winner went on to live in the White House. Cindy McCain's oatmeal-butterscotch cookies beat Michelle Obama's citrusy shortbread cookies in 2008.
Height: Taller candidates have lost to shorter presidential hopefuls only eight times since 1900. Obama won against McCain in 2008 and is 5 inches taller than him. This year Romney is 6-foot-2 and Obama is 6-foot-1.
The Washington Redskins: Since 1936, if the Redskins won their final homegame before the presidential election, then the incumbent party captured the White House. This prediction held true for all but the 2004 election.