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Election Night Foods & Superstitions

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For those of you who'll be huddled around the television watching the election returns come in tomorrow, we've assembled some delicious menus: Red, white and blue foods, waffles for undecided voters, comfort foods for losers and Champagne cocktails for winners. And for those of you huddled around the television tonight to watch the Steelers play the Redskins, you may like to know that chef David Chang isn't the only superstitious Skins fan around: The outcome of tonight's game might actually predict the election.

Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau coined the term "Redskins Rule" in 2000 for the phenomenon where, briefly put, as go the Skins, so goes the party in power. That is to say, for the last 68 years—and past 17 presidential elections—when the Redskins have won their last home game before the election, the White House has gone to the party that won the popular vote in the previous election. So if the Redskins win, McCain will win; if the Steelers win, Obama takes it. As a native Washingtonian pulling for Obama, I may have to relieve the pressure by eating some whole hog.

Update: The Steelers beat the Redskins 23 to 6. 

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