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Today, They'll Do Whatever It Takes Not to Jinx It

John McCain sees a movie; daughter Meghan wears purple. Barack Obama plays a game of basketball. Election Day superstitions range from the sublime to the infamous: James Carville wore the same underwear for days in the 1992 campaign.

  • "I brush my teeth and comb my hair, but the rest will wait," said Donna Brazile, manager of Al Gore's 2000 campaign. She headed for the shower when the networks called Florida for Gore; now she stays dry until the race is over. "I tend not to worry about personal hygiene until the electoral votes are in."

  • When she's not on a campaign plane, GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover has lunch with a smart strategist (Adam Levine this year) and then spends the afternoon comparing exit polls.

  • "I shoot a moose and field-dress him," Norm Ornstein told us. Kidding! The AEI analyst spends the day in New York, obsessively trolling election-return Web sites. "I'm a boring guy."

  • "I pray," said Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chair. "I bounce off walls. I call everyone I've ever met and ask them what they're hearing. I drive everyone crazy."

  • "Every so often, Mrs. Bush will have a birthday cake," press secretary Sally McDonough said. Cake? Doh! This year, Election Day falls on Laura Bush's birthday; the first lady turns 62 today.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
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