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Why Barack Obama's win is good for the Yankees (and not the Mets)

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera sits in the dugout

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers. (April 29, 2012) (Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

Regardless of your political affiliation, if you're a Yankees fan, you can take some comfort in Barack Obama's victory during Tuesday night's presidential election.

The Yankees have won 20 of their 27 championships under a Democrat president, including each of the last nine. They haven't won when a Republican has occupied the White House since Dwight Eisenhower in 1958. After winning their first four titles with a Republican president (Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover), the Yankees won 20 of their next 23 with a Democrat in office.

Meanwhile, Mets fans might be doomed to four more years of losing, regardless of how Matt Harvey progresses.

Each of the Mets' championships came with a Republican president: 1969 (Richard Nixon) and 1986 (Ronald Reagan).

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