The results are in ... sort of.
Anyone who has stopped by 7-Eleven on Lacey Road or Route 9 this election cycle may have noticed the red and blue cups available for your morning coffee. The world's biggest convenience store chain has since Sept. 6 been running its third "7-Election" campaign and thus far, things have looked good for the president.
Either that, or Democrats drink a lot of 7-Eleven coffee.
As President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney prepared to square off in their first debate, by Wednesday Obama (the blue cup) was leading with 60 percent of "votes." Romney (the red cup) had 40 percent, according to the official 7-Eleven website.
Here in New Jersey, Obama had a 56 to 44 percent lead over Romney among political java drinkers. In Illinois, where Obama once was a senator, he was leading Romney 59 to 41 percent. In Massachusetts, that lead was 61 to 39 percent. Romney was leading in only three states, New Hampshire (51 to 49), West Virginia (53 to 47) and Idaho (57 to 43). Sixteen states are not participating in the promotion.
Although the promotion is "unabashedly unofficial and unscientific," according to a press release, the 7-Election results have never been wrong since debuting for the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
As for those who prefer to keep political preferences out of their coffee, don't worry—"nonpartisan" regular cups also are still available.