Showdown 2012: Obama/Romney Bobblection™ST. PAUL, MN August 21, 2012
Showdown 2012: Obama/Romney Bobblection™
August 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM
ST. PAUL, MN (August 21, 2012) – Four years ago it was a clean sweep. In 2012, however, the competition has extended farther across the country and into tougher battlegrounds. The incumbent Barack Obama takes on the up-and-coming challenger Mitt Romney in Bobblection™ 2012 and the St. Paul Saints will be one of the final teams to help decide the winner.
The Goldklang Group, the ownership group of the St. Paul Saints, will once again head-up this unique promotion with five of their teams (St. Paul Saints, Charleston Riverdogs, Hudson Valley Renegades, Fort Myers Miracle and Pittsfield Suns). This year the field has grown with five additional teams joining in on the Bobblection™ fun (Asheville Tourists, Lakewood Blueclaws, Lincoln Saltdogs, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Hickory Crawdads).
On Monday, August 27 Saints fans will make one of the most important decisions of the election season. As they enter the gates at 6:00 p.m. fans will go into the polling booth and select between an Obama or Romney bobblehead. A total of 1,500 bobbleheads will be available, 750 for each candidate and the first to 750 will be declared the winner.
“Politics and entertainment have gone hand-in-hand for centuries and this is our little twist on the presidential process,” said Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer. “Our fans rave about this promotion because of its interactive nature and they receive a unique giveaway.”
The Bobblection™ race got underway in Pittsfield (MA) with the Suns on August 6 with Obama winning comfortably 57%-43%. The Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads had the exact opposite outcome on August 11 with Romney winning 57%-43%. The Asheville (N.C.) Tourists had a tight battle on August 18 with Romey coming away with a 50.5% to 49.5% victory. The remaining battles will take place with the Lakewood (NJ) Blueclaws and Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs (August 21), Charleston (S.C.) Riverdogs, Fargo-Moorhead (ND) RedHawks and Hudson Valley (NY) Renegades (August 28) and Fort Myers (FL) Miracle (August 30).
On a national level Bobblection™ has correctly predicted the election in 2004 and 2008. In Minnesota, which has voted Democrat in every Presidential election dating back to 1976, fans correctly picked Obama in 2008, but fans chose John Kerry in 2004.
In 2008 Obama came away with the second highest win percentage of the six teams involved, winning 1250-906. The races were much closer in Hudson Valley (750-713) and with the Brockton (MA) Rox (500-456), but including the Saints, Obama received at least 54.4% of the vote from the other teams.
The promotion was performed in August 2004 and was nationally recognized as one of the first polls during the 2004 election between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Bush took four of the seven participating ballclubs with the closest race taking place in St. Paul where Kerry won by 18 bobblehead dolls.
Political junkies and pundits from around the country can follow the 10-team minor league baseball straw poll by checking in at www.bobblection.com.
Tickets for Saints home games are $5 for general admission, $8 for outfield reserved and $12 for infield reserved. Tickets purchased on the Day of the Game are an additional $1 per ticket. Children under the age of 14 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free. Tickets are available by contacting the Saints ticket office at 651-644-6659 or visiting saintsbaseball.com.