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There are always unscientific ways of predicting the winner of contests, like the Super Bowl, the World Series and of course the presidential election.

Here are four bizarre factors that have pretty good track records at predicting the outcome of the presidential race.

First is the Redskins rule. If the National Football League's Washington Redskins win their last home game before Election Day, then the party in power gets to hold on to the White House. If the Redskins lose, the opposition party takes over.

This rule has held true for every election since 1940, except one, the 2004 election.

And, this year, the 'Skin's loss to the Carolina Panthers would point to a Romney win.

Next is Halloween mask sales. According to CNN Money, Halloween mask sales have accurately predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election since 1980. In 2012, Obama gets the win in this contest.

Next is the cookie rule. Family Circle magazine has collected cookie recipes from candidates' wives since 1992 and asked readers to pick their favorite. The winner has ended up as first lady all but once.

This year, Michelle Obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies edged out Ann Romney's M&M cookies by a very slim margin.

Last is the kid's vote. The Scholastic News election poll has correctly called 15 of the past 17 presidential elections, including every single presidential election since 1964. Their only misses were in 1960, when they picked Richard M. Nixon over John F. Kennedy, and in 1948, when they chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman.

This year's Scholastic vote was won by Obama.

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