Lewiston baker offers presidential cookies. Who are you sweet on?

LEWISTON — So far it's Mitt Romney in a doughslide.

Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

Patrons of Grant's Bakery in Lewiston have the option of supporting one of two candidates in this year's presidential election by buying the cookie of their choice in an unofficial poll. The totals are updated daily on a sign outside the Sabattus Street business.

Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

Grant's Bakery co-owner Doug Grant said Tuesday reaction has been mixed to the unofficial cookie sales poll and that some people want half a dozen and others have no interest. Thus far, Mitt Romney is outselling Barack Obama 3-1.

A cookie-dough slide, that is. In a new twist on election polling, Grant's Bakery is taking part in a nationwide promotional event that even its promoters are calling "half-baked."

The bakery and hundreds of others around the country are offering customers sugar cookies with an edible cartoon image of either President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on the front.

As of Tuesday at Grant's Bakery, Romney was ahead by a nearly 3-1 margin, 104 cookies sold to Obama's 38.

Bakery co-owner Doug Grant said he was surprised by the lead in a city that typical leans Democratic — but there may be a small reason for it.

"Well, the local Republican Party headquarters are just down the street," Grant said, noting that some of the volunteers recently bought 30 Romney cookies.

But the voting — er, eating — continues and you can still take a bite out of Obama or Romney. The cookies are on sale until Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The cookies — $1 each at Grant's — are being baked around the country as part of an election-season promotion by the Retail Bakers of America.

In 2008, the RBA campaign was actually reflective of the overall vote. Bakeries sold 74,000 cookies that year: 59 percent featured Obama and 41 percent featured the face of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Obama ended up winning with 52.9 percent of the vote to McCain's 45.7 percent.

But, like smart businesspeople everywhere, Grant isn't saying which candidate he likes or even which cookie tastes better.

"I think it's a matter of your perspective," Grant said. "It's whichever one you like."

Some customers have complained there aren't other options. One man who came into the store to buy a cake Tuesday said he wished there was a Ron Paul cookie.

But nobody has been outraged about it. It is, after all, a cookie, Grant said.

Most customers see the sale as good-natured fun and something a little sweeter than all of the ads they've been seeing on television these days, Grant said.

If a person's political sensitivities are going to be offended, it's probably not going to be over a cookie, he said.

In the news release announcing the sale, Grant's had some fun with puns:

"Take a moment to digest the information . . . Take time to vote, your plate is never too full for freedom. Neglecting your voting responsibility is a recipe for disaster . . . just some food for thought."

sthistle@sunjournal.com

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CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The upshot

Well they had better not eat all those cookies, get fat , get diabetes and need medical insurance is all I have to say. Because with this guy you are on your own, you and whatever gouging the health insurance companies decide you need.

 's picture

thats great!!!!

thats great!!!!

Amedeo Lauria's picture

Melissa you must have...

Governor Romney confused with John Kerry the king of the flip flop...it's 2012 now.

Amedeo Lauria's picture

Melissa you must have...

Governor Romney confused with John Kerry the king of the flip flop...it's 2012 now.

Why more Romney cookies?

Maybe customers bought more Romney cookies so they can take them home and crumble them during the debate or maybe they "changed their minds" and saved them for the election or maybe they'll "change their minds" and give them to the homeless or maybe they'll "change their minds" and feed them to their pets or maybe they'll "change their minds" and wish they had crumbled them during the debate or maybe they'll "change their minds" and decide they like Romney and have the cookies bronzed or maybe...................................................

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Or maybe they're going to

Or maybe they're going to vote for President to be Romney and kick oBAMa's butt out of office. Ever think of that?

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ron paul cookies?

they aren't allowed to sell pot laced cookies. at least out in the front of the bakery. good job Grants Bakery you folks have great products and great people workihg there for you.

Amedeo Lauria's picture

Doug...

...using a little old fashioned competition to sell cookies, sounds like pre-Obama capitalism at work. Good on you!

I think I will stop by and buy some Romney cookies before you're all sold out!

By the way, do the Obama cookies come with Kool-aid?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Grandslam.....good one.

Grandslam.....good one.

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