"Dough-Bama" takes slight lead in 2012 Presidential Donut Poll

DENVER, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The blue-sugared, donkey-shaped "Dough-Bama" donut has taken a slim lead over its red-topped "Mitt Yum-ney" rival in the first announced results of the 2012 LaMar's Presidential Donut Poll.

Sales to date of the Dough-Bama treat – representing President Barack Obama – lead those of the elephant-shaped Mitt Yum-ney – the pastry stand-in for Republican nominee Mitt Romney – by a margin of 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent.

The unscientific poll reflects sales of the two gourmet donuts since September 1 in LaMar's Donuts in six Midwestern, Western and Southern states. Coincidentally, current polls in the real presidential race show Obama leading by a range of from 2 to 7 percent.

As election day draws nearer, LaMar's will track and announce further poll results on its website at www.Lamars.com.

"With a margin this narrow, it's still an open race," said Kayde Pierce, spokesperson for LaMar's Donuts. "As we all know, tastes in politicians and pastries change regularly."

The donut poll was also close in the 2008 election, when the Dough-Bama garnered 52 percent of sales against the "McCandyCain" donut, standing in for Republican nominee John McCain. Obama won the real election with a nearly identical share of the popular vote: 53.7 percent.

This year, donut-voter turnout and demographics may affect the poll significantly.

"Our locations report that many presidential-donut eaters are under the age of 10," Pierce said. "Because the Mitt Yum-ney is considerably larger, size may matter more than political philosophy."

The donuts will be sold through October 31, with sales proceeds benefitting the Colorado and Kansas City chapters of the Alzheimer's Association.

About LaMar's Donuts
After developing his original donut recipe as a teenager in 1933, Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar's Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 27 stores in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Alabama and Arizona. LaMar's has won acclaim by publications such as The New Yorker, Gourmet magazine, and Zagat, the world's most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar's Donuts are proclaimed by many as "simply a better donut."

SOURCE LaMar's Donuts