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President Barack Obama is beating Mitt Romney not only in the polls, but also in sales of presidential-themed Halloween masks.
This year, Obama masks are outselling Romney masks by more than 30
percent, according to the sales records at BuyCostumes.com and Spirit
Halloween Stores, two popular seasonal retailers.
BuyCostumes.com statistics said Obama is up 30 percentage points over
Romney, and Spirit Halloween has Obama mask sales figures at 69 percent
vs. 31 percent for the Romney version.
Skeptics might say the costume poll is just window dressing meant to mask the real issues, but reports show that BuyCostumes
mask sales have correctly predicted the victor in the past three
elections, while Spirit's mask sales have been right in the past four.
"Our presidential index has proven to be a consistent and accurate predictor of the next president for nearly two decades," Spirit Halloween company CEO and president Steven Silverstein told NewsMax.
For instance, Spirit Halloween
figures show that Bill Clinton outsold Bob Dole by 71 percent to 29;
George W. Bush outsold Al Gore by 57 percent to 43; Bush outsold John
Kerry by 65 percent to 35; and Obama outsold John McCain by 60 percent
Just because a candidate's mask is selling well in a particular state doesn't mean he will win there.
The BuyCostumes.com website features a graph that shows Barack Obama masks are beating Mitt Romney masks in Texas, a state that most pollsters would agree is firmly Republican.
Meanwhile, Romney mask sales are beating Obama in Massachusetts,
which, by all accounts, should go to the President on election day.
Interestingly enough, Paul Ryan is making up 100 percent of
GOP-themed Halloween masks in Alabama, according to BuyCostumes.com.
Joe Biden's best state is North Carolina, where his mug is responsible for 49 percent of Democratic mask sales.
Thursday, September 27 2012, 10:05 AM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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