Senator Barack Obama holds a commanding lead over Senator John McCain â€“ 10,238 votes (55 percent) to 8,411 votes (45 percent), as of October 21 â€” in The Flying Saucer Draught Emporiumâ€™s 2008 Presidential Election Poll.
The Texas-based restaurant chain kicked off its poll in early September, and polling lasts until election night, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Customers can â€œvoteâ€ for their favorite candidate by purchasing special pint glasses for $5. Votes are tallied and updated at the end of each day, and customers can vote as many times as they like.
â€œPeople often discuss politics over a beer, so what better way to get in the spirit of the election than to combine the two â€“ and get to vote for your candidate as many times as you like!â€ said Shannon Wynne, owner of The Flying Saucer. â€œSenator Obama leads overall and in the majority of our markets, but Senator McCain does lead in a few. The Flying Saucer is present in several battleground states, so itâ€™s pretty interesting when you look at the breakdown of votes.â€
The Flying Saucer is hosting the 2008 poll at all of its 13 locations in six states, which include Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; Cordova, Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; and Columbia, S.C. Polling data for each location is listed, and appears to updated daily, along with a running total.
The Flying Saucerâ€™s first poll, held in 2004, accurately predicted that incumbent president George W. Bush would defeat Senator John Kerry. For up-to-date poll results on this year’s polling, visit Flying Saucer’s website.