If political merchandise is any indication of voting trends, Barack Obama is headed for a historic landslide. Vendors of baseball caps, T-shirts, magnets and other candidate-emblazoned products report that 70 percent or better of their sales are for Obama over John McCain.
One street vendor had a cart plastered with Obama merchandise and just a few McCain items. When asked about the imbalance he said, “I don’t think our wholesaler makes McCain baseball caps.”
In Obama’s contest against Hilary Clinton, similar sales totals occurred. While Obama won the electoral contest to the nomination, Clinton did better than her merchandise sales accounted for. McCain can take some heart in that.
Another vendor has sold 8,700 T-Shirts with Obama’s picture and only 650 with McCain. His explanation was simple, “Maybe the volume of T-shirt sales for Obama is indicative of a win in the election, but maybe it just means that McCain’s supporters don’t wear T-shirts.”