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GOP and Dem flacks bet their own locks on election

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The most expensive presidential election in history has already been a hair-raising experience for voters inundated by campaign ads, but it’s about to get a little less hairy.

The communication directors for the Democratic and Republican party committees are betting their own locks over the outcome of the race.

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse upped the stakes after Obama senior adviser David Axelrod’s offered to shave his signature mustache if Mitt Romney wins Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and MSNBC News host Joe Scarborough said he will grow a mustache if Mr. Obama wins either Florida or North Carolina.

Mr. Woodhouse challenged his counterpart at the Republican National Committee, Sean Spicer, to go bald if Mr. Romney loses, agreeing to do the same if President Obama falls short of the 270 electoral votes needed to cinch re-election. The loser would agree to have his head shaved on television.

The wager happened over Twitter in the final hours of the campaign Tuesday.

“Want to get in on this hair betting thing? Election loser allows the winner to shave his head on air? You in?” Mr. Woodhouse tweeted.

Mr. Spicer accepted, prompting a day full of back-and-forth taunts.

“U will look even funner w/o hair,” Mr. Spicer tweeted back.

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