Swing-State Newspapers Flip To Romney’s Favor Before Election Day

Swing-State Newspapers Flip To Romney's Favor Before Election DayThe race for the White House is airtight hours before Election Day. But in the battle of swing-state newspaper endorsements, Mitt Romney appears to be winning — aided in large part by papers that switched from backing Obama in 2008 to supporting the 2012 Republican nominee.

‘This election is about jobs’

According to an analysis by Poynter, Romney has bagged a total of 24 swing-state newspaper endorsements, to Obama’s 15. Across the country, at least 30 newspapers also flipped from backing Obama in 2008 to backing Romney this year.

They include some major swing-state papers, including the Wisconsin State Journal. In its editorial Sunday, the newspaper called Obama the “more likable and inspiring speaker.” However, the editorial said, “this election is about jobs … This is now Obama’s economy, even though the GOP shares in the blame for partisan games.”


The State Journal joined the Des Moines Register, Naples Daily News, Reno Gazette-Journal and the Orlando Sentinel, among others, in flipping to back Romney. The New York Daily News also made waves this weekend by endorsing Romney, after having backed Obama in 2008.

According to Poynter, at least three papers flipped from Sen. John McCain in 2008 to Obama this year. They were the San Antonio Express-News, The San Francisco Examiner and the Winston-Salem Journal.  Several other newspapers abstained from endorsing anybody this year after backing Obama four years ago — including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post and the Dayton Daily News.

Who do you think is going to win in tomorrow’s Elections? Are you pro-Obama or  pro-Romney?

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‘Redskins Rule’ Predicts Outcome Of Presidential Election

'Redskins Rule' Predicts Outcome Of Presidential ElectionThe Carolina Panthers beat the Redskins in Washington on Sunday, which should translate into a win for Mitt Romney on Election Day, if history is any indication. How do we figure? It’s the remarkably accurate Redskins Rule that forecasts the result of presidential elections.

‘Correct 17 out of 18 times’

Here’s what the Redskins Rule means: If the Redskins win their last home game before the presidential election, then the incumbent party retains the White House. If the Redskins lose, then the incumbent party is voted out. The Redskins Rule has been correct 17 of 18 times. The Panthers, who entered Sunday with a five-game losing streak, won 21-13 at FedEx Field thanks in part to four sacks of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The rule traces all the way back to 1940, the first presidential election year in which the Redskins were playing in Washington. But it wasn’t discovered until 2000 when Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau was doing research in advance of the Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and Titans in Washington a week before the election.

‘Prelude to the election’

The only exception has been 2004 when the Redskins lost to the Packers. According to the rule, that meant incumbent president George W. Bush should’ve lost the election to John Kerry. But after Bush won, Hirdt fine-tuned the language of the rule to account for this blip. But even without the revision, a 94.4 percent success rate is difficult to ignore.

In that same time frame, the result of the World Series has also been cited as a prelude to the election. The correlation is simple. If an American League team wins the World Series, then it follows that the Republican will take the election. If a National League team wins, then it’s good news for the Democratic candidate. This rule has held true in 13 of the 18 elections — 72.2 percent — including the past three. With the National League champion Giants sweeping the Tigers in the World Series, that is a positive omen for Obama.

Are you in favor of the Redskins Rule or the World Series Rule? Obama or Romney?

Source: Yahoo News

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