JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Most sports fans have superstitions before the big game, but many political figures are counting on them as well before the election.

"It worked sometimes and it didn't work sometimes," said Florida State Democratic Chair Rod Smith.

That's pretty much how superstitions work.

Like right now, staffers for both President Obama and Governor Romney are refusing to shave their facial hair.

Whether or not a spotty beard will help win a presidential election is debatable. But the fact that political figures have used superstitions for centuries isn't.

President Richard McKinley always wore a red carnation for good luck, while President Roosevelt was afraid of the number 13,

"I have people tell me this is my lucky tie," said Smith.

He says he had a lucky voting precinct.

Though it didn't work when he lost his gubernatorial bid in 2006.

Senator John McCain carries a lucky .31 cents in his pocket.

Senator Bill Nelson has a lucky intersection, where he waves signs before every election.

Though not everyone will admit it, Smith thinks everyone has one.

"I am absolutely convinced that each of us have our rabbits foot, if you will," he said.

And how about the current candidates?

President Barack Obama says he always plays basketball before a big election, and Governor Mitt Romney watches a movie with his family.