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Roosevelt Wins The Other Presidential Race
The battle for the White House is one presidential race gripping America right now but the whole country is also talking about a different one.
For six years, the Washington Nationals baseball team has staged a race mid-way through every home game between giant foam lookalikes of former US presidents.
In 500 races, the 10-foot Teddy Roosevelt had never won.
But, in news that sent Twitter and the American media world into a frenzy, the president known as the Rough Rider has won at last.
The crowd at the team's Nationals Park stadium went wild as Roosevelt held off George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln in the final race of the season.
The race, which wouldn't look out of place in the 70s TV show 'It's A Knockout', is a tradition at the end of the fourth inning of Nats' home games and Roosevelt losing run has become the running gag.
Last month, White House press secretary Jay Carney playfully called Teddy's losing streak "an outrage" and added he was "comfortable saying" that President Barack Obama agreed with the sentiment.
John McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008, even took part in a video shown on the stadium's outfield scoreboard this week.
In the clip, the senator was seen giving Teddy a pep talk. He joked that Roosevelt's continuing defeat was a "left-wing pinko conspiracy".
The frenzy over Roosevelt's win comes with Americans entering the final critical phase in choosing their next real president.
Roosevelt's victory had the media centre abuzz at the venue of the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
It also comes with the nation's capital enjoying a rare spell of sporting success.
The Nationals clinched their first National League baseball league title this week, sending hopes soaring that the city could reach the World Series for the first time since 1933.
The sport was missing from Washington for more than three decades until 2005 and the president's race began the year after.
The ranks of political analysts are now trying to work out what Teddy's victory might tell us about what to expect in that other presidential race still going on.