Sales of Halloween masks point to ominous prediction for Hillary Clinton

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Halloween, a holiday known more for disguises than revelations, may be able to predict the winner of the quickly approaching presidential election.

As candidates, pundits and supporters boast about and feverishly agonize over polling numbers in hopes of predicting the next president, perhaps their attention would be better spent checking receipts at a local costume store. Dating back to Richard Nixon's presidential run, the candidate whose Halloween mask sells the most is far more likely to win the election.

If that trend continues, Election Day could be frightening for Hillary Clinton voters. According Savers/Value Village, Donald Trump masks are outselling Clinton masks by 7 percentage points, as the Deluxe Trump mask's sell-through is at 76 percent while the Deluxe Clinton masks are selling at 69 percent.

However, there are of course many factors that set this year's contest apart from previous elections. And if there were a year that the Halloween mask indicator got things wrong, it would probably be the year a former reality television star went up against the first female presidential nominee in history. If anything, the correlation between Halloween masks and election outcomes may point to the importance of name, or face, recognition.

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Quick and easy halloween costumes
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Quick and easy halloween costumes

1. Risky Business

Lee Uniforms Men's Long Sleeve Dress Shirt, Amazon

Add some high socks, and throw your hair into a messy bun and you will be channeling Tom Cruise in no time. 

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2. Rocker chick

Junk Food Vintage Pink Floyd Shirt, Amazon

For the girls that don't necessarily love to dress up, this costume is easy because you will feel like you are actually wearing your own clothes. Add a choker to accessories and your good to go!

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Rocker chick

Leather Faux Leggings, Amazon

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3. Wednesday Addams

Long Sleeve Collar Flare Dress, Amazon

This dress is almost an exact replica of the wonderfully frightening Wednesday Addams of the Addams family. Style  your hair with two pigtail braids and you will look exactly like the character!

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Festival Goer

Fringe Suede Jacket, Amazon

With the high popularity of Coachella and everything else that comes with it, fringe and a flower crown are no brainers when it comes to the ultimate festival girl. 

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Festival Goer

Flower Crown, Amazon

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4. Chic Devil

Satin Slip Dress, Amazon

This easy red slip dress retailing under $20 is the perfect way to create a chic devil. Throw on a biker jacket for warm and some horns. 

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5. Army Girl

Military Camouflage Jacket, Amazon

This is such an easy outfit for someone who doesn't love the whole costume thing. We bet you will be rocking this jacket on more than just Halloween. 

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Army Girl

Army Logo T-shirt, Amazon

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6. Farmer Chick

Plaid Button Down, Amazon

Dressing up as a farmer may not sound so stylish but it definitely can be chic if worn the right way! Pairing a great plaid shirt with a modern pair of overalls will get you the look.

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Farmer Chick

Levi's Women's Overalls, Amazon

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But even looking at key swing states like Colorado, New Hampshire and Ohio, the billionaire businessman's mask is outselling the former secretary of state's, with Trump's highest sell-through rates in Wisconsin and the lowest in Nevada. Numbers that are sure to spook the Clinton campaign.

This election year in general seems to be a treat for Halloween costume sellers, as both presidential candidates' costumes are selling at twice the rate compared to other Halloween merchandise.

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