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Royals victory might have boosted incumbents

If a study on sports and voting is correct, Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan, may be especially disappointed that the Kansas City Royals didn’t win the World Series. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that when a local team wins in the 10 days leading up to an election, it gives incumbents a 1.61 percentage-point boost. Given how close the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races are, that might be the difference between winning and losing. The report also concluded that the home team losing could lead voters to punish incumbents – though as the Wall Street Journal noted, many Royals fans are still in good spirits, happy that the team made it to the World Series after 29 years. – Phillip Brownlee