If only the real presidential election came with a free cup of 7-Eleven coffee, but the 7-Election coffee cup election campaign promises to be just as accurate as it has been for the last three presidential elections. And if you hit up your local 7-Eleven between 6-10 a.m. today, National Coffee Day, 7-Eleven you can cast your vote for free with large coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, or tea, in one of their two new custom coffee cups, and then check how your candidate is doing over at the 7-Election website.
With the option to choose between Obama and Romney, coffee drinkers can cast their vote. As of this writing, President Obama is ahead by 16% of the votes. This is a tradition held by 7-Eleven each election year and tracks the votes through the purchases. While the coffee is free from 6-10 a.m. local time today, the cup election polls will continue through the month, with the results being announced on November 6th.
Even though the cup elections are purely entertainment, 7-Eleven claims that their final poll results have been accurate for the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections. Over 6 million cup votes are cast each time they hold this promotion, which is far less than the over 122 million people who voted in the last election, but it appears to be enough of a diverse sampling that it closely mirrors the actual presidential election.
You can also check how the 7-Election poll results are faring in your state, as well as nationwide in other states at the 7-Election website. Red states are Romney, Blue states are Obama, and red and blue striped states are tied states (picture). Grey states are not participating in the 7-Elections. For those who are undecided, no need to go without your morning cup of joe, you can choose a plain, non-affiliated cup.