Most polls are showing President Obama ahead by just a few points, but he might have a landslide victory brewing according to one very unscientific poll.
A promotion by 7-Eleven is allowing customers to buy their coffee in cups emblazoned with the names of Mr. Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and the results as of Wednesday show that 60 percent have chosen Obama cups to just 40 percent for Mr. Romney.
The convenience store chain, which also offers regular “undecided” cups, first ran the promotion in 2000 and it has proved surprisingly accurate in predicting the last three winners.
In 2008, Mr. Obama outsold GOP nominee John McCain, 52 percent to 46 percent, then went on to win the actual popular vote on Election Day, 53 percent to 46 percent.
In 2004, then-President George W. Bush outsold Democratic challenger John Kerry 51 percent to 49 percent, then notched a 51-48 victory to earn reelection.
In 2000, Mr. Bush outsold then-Vice President Al Gore 21 percent to 20 percent, in a tally that included undecided cup sales. Mr. Bush would win the election, despite losing the popular vote 48.4 percent to 47.9 percent.
While Mr. Obama has a sizable lead in this year’s poll, he might not want to get too confident as 16 states — including 14 spread mostly throughout the Great Plains and the South which are expected to go red — that are not participating in the promotion.
Of the 34 that are participating, the president leads in all but New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wyoming.