From Redskins to cookies, could election superstitions pick the next president?

Could dogs decide the next president of the United States?

The Washington Redskins' 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday means much more than a few sour fans in Washington, D.C.--it may have just cost President Obama the entire election.

According to the "Redskins Rule," the team's last home game before Election Day determines the next president of the United States. Since 1940, a Redskins win meant the incumbent party's reelection and a loss meant the challenger would rise to victory. The only time the Rule didn't apply was George W. Bush's election over John Kerry in 2004 after the Redskins lost.

Election superstitions like the "Redskins Rule" have left the nation in awe over the fortunetelling ability of everyday competitions. Cincinnati-based Busken Bakery, for example, has also held a presidential cookie poll since 1992 and claims the results to be within four points of the actual election.

Currently, Obama is leading Gov. Mitt Romney 13,247 to 11,880 cookies.

Even closer to home, Total Pet Care in Maumee is hosting a poll just for dogs by putting two food bowls out for them to decide between. In the latest standings, 45 percent of the pooches were undecided, 35 percent chose Romney and Obama came in last at 20 percent.

"Currently we are seeing a substantial number of undecided voters. Some voters are sniffing at the treats, glancing at ...the candidates and turning to walk away," Total Pet Care posted on their Facebook page.

Dogs can vote through Election Day at the Total Pet Care located at 3240 Briarfield Blvd.

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