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One thing politicians and baseball fans have in common is that they are often superstitious.
That’s why the 2019 World Series might be a predictor of next week’s mid-term elections in New Jersey.
The last time Washington won the World Series was in 1924.
Republicans picked up four congressional seats, five State Assembly seats and a State Senate seat the year the Washington Senator became the World Champions.
Calvin Coolidge carried New Jersey that year with 62% of the vote, carrying every county but Hudson. U.S. Senator Walter Edge won a second term with 62% against Trenton Mayor Frederick Donnelly.
Still, the Republican victories that followed Washington’s World Series crown isn’t enough to get GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt to say he’s rooting for the Nationals.
Steinhardt says he’s sticking with the Yankees.
The Houston Astros last won the World Series in 2017 – their first since the franchise was established in 1962.
That was a Democratic year in New Jersey. Phil Murphy was elected governor, and Democrats picked up one State Senate seat and two Assembly seats.
The Hall of Fame pitcher for the Senators in 1924 was Walter Johnson, a Republican whose father-in-law had been a Nevada congressman.
After baseball, Johnson was elected county commissioner in Montgomery County, a Washington, D.C. suburb. He ran for Congress in 1940 but lost to the incumbent by six points.