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Coffee Predicts the Presidential Election

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Cast your vote with a cup of coffee, but don't forget to cast it at the polls

The debates are over and in a little less than two weeks we head to the polls. In fact, early voting is underway in many places, absentee ballots are trickling in and we’re settling in to learn who wins the right to lead us for the next four years.

Considering the amount of interest the race between Obama and Romney has garnered, it’s safe to assume sites like Gallup that update poll information daily are getting an awful lot of traffic, but is that really the best way to predict who is going to win the 2012 presidential election?

Not according to 7-11. Yes, the convenience store chain, where you stop for your quick morning cup of coffee. Every four years, the coffee cups at 7-11 morph into voting statements. Choose a blue cup and you cast your vote for Obama, or choose a red cup to side with Romney. Not very scientific, right? And yet, the number of colored cups sold in 2000, 2004 and 2008 accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential race. Interesting, and a little spooky.

So who is getting the love from the caffeinated crowd so far in 2012? As of October 24th, Obama is in the lead with 59% of the vote. Romney has 41%. 15 states aren’t participating, but then, they didn’t in the past elections, either. You can check national results and the results from your state on the 7-Election website.

Born in Seattle and raised on an island in Puget Sound, I'm the author of the third edition of the book, 'Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Seattle.' I work as a freelance writer, majored in history in college, and formerly worked as an accountant until I discovered that sleeping on a bed of nails would be preferable to continuing in that field. I have published in magazines, newspapers and websites for over ten years on topics as varied as the arts, culture, entertainment, parenting, the environment, history, education and business. I live in Seattle with my two teens and a turtle. I also live for happy hour.