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Last Updated: Monday, 1 November, 2004, 17:25 GMT
Redskins loss lifts Kerry's bid
Senator John Kerry shows off his sporting prowess
Kerry finds out on Tuesday if he has made a presidential touchdown
Some say sport and politics do not mix, but John Kerry believes a strange sporting omen will ensure his success in the US presidential election.

The senator has based his claim on a historical quirk linking the Washington Redskins and past White House races.

The NFL side lost 28-14 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday which, according to tradition, bodes well for Kerry.

The Redskins legend states if they lose their last home game before Election Day, the current president will lose.

And if the American football outfit win, the White House incumbent will remain president.

Heading into the 2004 contest, the Redskins' electoral barometer has held true for 17 straight elections.

As the polls show President George W Bush and Kerry neck-and-neck ahead of Tuesday's vote, the Democrats believe history is on their side.

"I couldn't be more thrilled with the Packers win," Kerry said in a statement titled 'Packers Win - Kerry's In!' released soon after the Redskins' home defeat.

The Packers have done their part, this Tuesday we'll do ours
John Kerry

The streak began in 1933, when the Boston Braves were renamed the Redskins.

Since then, beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's re-election in 1936, the trend has continued, including a 2000 Redskins loss to the Tennessee Titans before Bush's win over Al Gore.

"When the Redskins get beat before the election, the incumbent loses. The Packers have done their part, this Tuesday we'll do ours," claimed Kerry.

But the Bush camp were quick to point out that Kerry and the Packers have an uncomfortable past.

The Democrat once scored an own goal when he referred to the team's famous stadium as 'Lambert Field' instead of Lambeau Field.

Omens that can supposedly predict the outcome of US elections are plenty, and stretch from sports playing fields to Wall Street and fashion house catwalks.

Superstitious fans are still mulling the possible electoral impact of the historic World Series win last week by the Boston Red Sox baseball team - their first since 1918.

Some believe the result foresees a Kerry victory given that Boston is the Massachusetts senator's home team.

However, opponents insist the Red Sox triumph was so extraordinary that the only electoral equivalent would be a win for independent candidate Ralph Nader.




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