No doubt all the candidates wish it was October 20. But it is only October 12. All they can do – other than last-minute campaigning – is give thanks for having been given the chance to compete – and to pray.
But if that is not their custom they are free to resort to everybody’s secular religion – superstition. Let none of them say they are not superstitious. They are. Every one of them is reluctant to predict victory (except as empty rhetoric) because they know deep down that would be bound to cause disaster. Therefore they custom-make their own superstition for the occasion – such as driving through a red light to bring them luck – and hope for the best.
Or buying shares in Volkswagen.