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As The Daily reported earlier this week, Boston College psychophysiologist Joseph Tecce has found that since 1980, the candidate who blinks the least during the televised debates has gone on to win the popular vote. In his preliminary analysis of last night’s debate, Tecce found that Obama lost in a landslide: he blinked an average of about 75 times a minute, compared to 55 times a minute for Mitt Romney.

Obama also underperformed compared to his results four years ago, when Tecce found that he blinked just 62 times per minute in head-to-head matchups with Sen. John McCain.

Tecce said the blink disparity between Obama and Romney marked “a substantial difference that was probably detected by viewer voters.” And if the pattern continues, Tecce argues that it could damage Obama's prospects for winning a second term. In the last eight elections, only George W. Bush in 2000 has managed to overcome his faster blink rate to win office — and he, of course, still lost the popular vote.

All I have to say is THANK GOD I'm not the person whose job it is to sit and count how many times politicians blink.

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