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- At the 1950s-style Silver Diner in Rockville, a suburb of Washington, Sean Collins, a plumber, was tucking into an Obamalette -- an omelette filled with many of the ingredients of the deep-dish pizzas that are the signature of Chicago, where Obama began his public service career.
- With three weeks to go, Obama was leading McCain by 1,288 Obamalettes to 612 McCainlettes, or 67 percent to 33 percent.
- At 7-Eleven convenience stores across the United States, customers vote for Obama or McCain by choosing a cup of coffee or another hot drink in a blue Obama cup, a red McCain cup or a generic cup, if they still haven't made a choice. The partisan cups each have a McCain or Obama barcode, which, when scanned at the cash desk, registers a vote for the candidate.
- The results of 7-Eleven's election are tallied daily and posted on a specially created 7-election.com website, where a map of the United States showed a swathe of blue states -- the color of the Democratic Party -- stretching from coast to coast.
- The 7-election, which is being held for the third time, has been uncannily accurate in predicting the outcome of the past two real presidential elections.
- With three weeks to go before the November 4 showdown between Obama and McCain, nearly three-quarters of a million votes have been cast in the 7-election.
- Furin's bakery in the swank Georgetown neighborhood of Washington was urging clients to cast their vote with a cookie -- either blue for Obama or red for McCain. "We haven't been keeping a close count but we've sold several thousand cookies, and the vote is probably running about 60 percent for Obama, 40 percent for McCain," owner Bernie Furin, a McCain supporter, told AFP.
Would you have the Obamalette or the McCainlette? Drink your coffee in the blue or red cup?