WASHINGTON, D.C.(WUSA) -- In Wednesday's Presidential stare- down, the candidates will figuratively try to avoid blinking.
But it might be smart for them to literally avoid blinking. A Boston College researcher says the candidate who blinks least usually wins the election.
Reagan had zingers. Bush had his watch.Gore had his sighs. But maybe we really should have watched their eyes. McCain blinked 104 times a minute to Obama's 62 And for 32 years, the blink rates predicted every election but Kerry-Bush -- and Kerry won the popular vote.
There are plenty of wacky, and less wacky, ways to predict victory.
Cookies have been good predictors. The favorite recipe of the candidates' wives, as published in Family Circle and baked this year at the Occidental Grill near the White House, have predicted the outcome of four of the last five elections.
At the Occidental, Michelle Obama's mint chocolate chip are raking in 58% of the customers' votes to 40% for Ann Romney's oatmeal M&M's. "It's a landslide with the cookies going to Obama," says Chef Rodney Scruggs.
Halloween mask sales, coffee cups, astrologers, even the Redskins last game before the election have all predicted the election outcome with varying degrees of success.
In 17 of the last 18 presidential elections, if the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent returns to the White House. Their last home game? Sunday, November 4 -- against the Carolina Panthers.
"Debates predict nothing," says American University professor Allan Lichtman says his 13 Keys to the White House model is the only scientific, time-tested predictor. "It's going to be Obama, no matter what happens in these debates," says Lichtman.
But the cookies are a heck of a lot tastier.
Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
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