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Gnocchi the squirrel ate nine nuts from Romney's bowl, but only five from Obama's. (Source: WCSC) Gnocchi the squirrel ate nine nuts from Romney's bowl, but only five from Obama's. (Source: WCSC)
Spirit Halloween, a large seasonal retailer, has accurately predicted the winner of presidential elections by the number of candidates' masks sold.  (Source: Halloweenspirit.com) Spirit Halloween, a large seasonal retailer, has accurately predicted the winner of presidential elections by the number of candidates' masks sold. (Source: Halloweenspirit.com)

(RNN) - Pick a poll, any poll. At this late date in what looks to be a historically close presidential election, you can find one that favors either candidate.

Rasumssen, Gallup and Quinnipiac aside, there are plenty of other, less scientific methods of predicting a winner. Just for giggles, let's take a look.

Seminoles deliver Florida

If NBC News reporter Chuck Todd's crystal ball is right, the Florida State Seminoles awarded the crucial swing state of Florida to President Barack Obama by virtue of their 33-20 college football win over state rival Miami on Oct. 20. Todd tweeted before the game that since 1988, the winner has predicted which party carries the state in the presidential election. In years Miami won, the Republican took Florida (1988, 1992, 2000, 2004) and when FSU won, the Democrat carried the state (1996, 2008).

World Series ... only sort of accurate, but on a roll

San Francisco's merciless sweep to the world championship bodes well for Obama. Since 1908, when the American League has won the World Series during election years, the Republicans hold a 10-7 edge. When the National League team has won, the Democrats are 7-2. This method has a three-election streak going - the Yankees in 2000 and the Red Sox in 2004 preceded George H.W. Bush into office, while the Phillies gave Obama the impetus in 2008.

'Redskins Rule' to be tested

Obama is a Bears fan, but he has a reason to pull for the Washington Redskins when the Carolina Panthers visit FedEX Field on Nov. 4 – that is, unless his immediate predecessor has reversed a decades-old trend.

Since 1936, if the Redskins won their final home game before the election, the incumbent went on to win the election. The 'Redskins Rule' worked flawlessly until 2004, when the home team lost –  but George W. Bush won a second term over Democrat challenger John Kerry. Things began to get sketchy in 2000, when sitting Vice President Al Gore cheered for his home state Tennessee Titans, who beat Washington. A few days later, he lost, too - to Bush. But he won the popular vote. And Gore wasn't an incumbent president but...

Halloween mask sales point to Obama landslide

Spirit Halloween, the nation's biggest seasonal Halloween retailer, has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996 based on the number of masks of the candidates it sold. The company reports that the president's plastic face is outselling Romney's by a comfortable 60 percent to 40 percent margin.

For those who are really into the whole political Halloween motif, you can also buy a "big head" Obama or Romney mask, which measure a massive 22" by 14";  a Michelle Obama wig; donkey or elephant ears; a Hillary Clinton mask; an Uncle Sam suit for men and a Miss Liberty dress for women, complete with torch.

Children's poll one of most accurate

A children's social studies magazine has been one of the most accurate presidential predictors for almost 70 years.

Scholastic Magazine's poll of children has been dead on in 15 of 17 elections dating back to 1940. Their only losses came in races that can be forgiven.

The kids picked Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman in 1948, the election that fooled the Chicago Tribune and produced the famous photo. In 1960, the children picked Richard Nixon over John F. Kennedy, which Kennedy won in one of the closest presidential elections in history.

This year, more than 250,000 kids from first through 12th grade gave President Obama 51 percent of the vote. Romney polled 45 percent and other candidates gathered 5 percent.

The magazine broke the votes down by state, which showed an unlikely Electoral College landslide for Obama. The incumbent took swing state victories in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, but also carried such unlikely Red State strongholds as South Carolina and Arizona. Romney took hotly contested Virginia in the Scholastic Poll. (See map and state-by-state breakdown here.)

South Carolina squirrel likes Romney

Gnocchi, a squirrel from North Charleston, SC, predicts Romney will be the next president based on munching nutty treats from a bowl with the governor's face over it. He ate nine peanuts from the Romney bowl, and only five from the Obama bowl.

Serene and Chris Ash, owners of the 9-year-old squirrel, say he flipped his allegiance from previous predictions - he called Obama as the winner of the 2008 Democratic primaries and the presidential election that year using the same method.

The height of prediction

Romney, who stands 6'2", holds about a one-inch lead over Obama in that key statistic. The taller candidate has won 19 times and lost eight since 1896. There were two ties – George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were the same height in the 1992 clash and Woodrow Wilson and Charles E. Hughes stood eye-to-eye in 1916.

In 2000, the 6'1" Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote to 6' tall George W. Bush in a disputed election.

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