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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
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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