Minnesotans Pick their Candidate in Bakery's 'Cookie Poll'
Since 1984 a presidential election 'cookie poll' at a bakery in Red Wing has successfully predicted the outcome of each election.
Owner of Hanisch Bakery, Bill Hanisch, tells KSTP.com the previous owners started the poll for the Ronald Reagan versus Walter Mondale election.
This year, the 'cookie poll' began 100 days ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
Customers can purchase buttercream cookies that feature either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama's name, to show which candidate is getting their vote.
Hamisch says customers can buy as many cookies as they want so "they can really stuff the ballot box here."
As of Wednesday morning Obama was in the lead with 246 'cookie votes' while Romney came in with 185 'cookie votes.'
Hanisch says while the cookie poll is just for fun it sparks political conversations and really gets people talking. "It's really the best way to vote because you can vote in buttercream."