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Forget the pollsters - check out Harry's Bar to find out who'll be next U.S. president

posted 3 Nov 2012, 09:43 by Mpelembe   [ updated 3 Nov 2012, 09:44 ]


FRANCE-ELECTION BAR POLL Barack Obama's re-election is almost a sure thing, according to U.S. patrons at a Parisian pub.

Canny American expats at Harry's Bar have successfully predicted the outcomes of 17 of the last 19 U.S. presidential races.

This year, the bar's traditional pre-election straw poll gave the nod to Obama, who leads by a narrow margin in several key battleground states.


"The score tonight is 148 for Romney, 214 for Obama. (Journalist's question: "So Obama leading?") Leading for the moment, still four days to go, the next ballot will be on Tuesday night at about midnight."

Manager Alain da Silva says the vote is a time-honoured tradition for his American patrons and says the success rate is because the expatriates have their fingers on the pulse of U.S. politics.

A pulse that's read so accurately that roughly every four years around the first week of November, Harry's Bar can expect a call from the U.S. embassy in Paris unofficially asking how the straw poll went.