Since September of 2006, we’ve been running a shop containing bumper stickers, buttons and magnets that support various Democratic running mate combinations for the presidential race in 2008. Obama-Edwards 2008? Sure. Gore-Kucinich 2008? OK. Kucinich-Richardson 2008? I don’t understand that pairing myself, but we’ve got it too, just in case. In fact, our goal is to offer just about every possible combination of presidential and vice presidential candidate from among the apparent contenders. That way, YOU can tell US what a reasonable 2008 ticket would look like.
In November, when I started reporting trends in our sales for various Democratic tickets, every single one of the running mate combinations we had sold included Barack Obama as either president or vice president. But that’s changed now, as people are searching out alternative tickets.
Let’s do an update on Democratic Party running mate choices. The following are running mate combinations (placed in President-Vice President order) that have garnered at least a 1% share of all sales from April 1, 2007 through June 7, 2007, making them the major contenders in the hearts of our customers for a 2008 Democratic presidential ticket:
The following tickets each garnered less than a 1% share of all running-mates sales, but at least a few people (or one person) thought the ticket would be a good one:
We can further tweak out the distribution of presidential and vice presidential choices. The following is the percent distribution of sold items supporting the following people as presidential partners in a ticket:
Al Gore: 64.4%
Barack Obama: 15.3%
Hillary Clinton: 8.9%
John Edwards: 7.9%
Joe Biden, Wesley Clark, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson: less than 1% each.
The following is the percent distribution of sold items supporting the following people as vice presidential partners in a ticket:
Barack Obama: 73.8%
John Edwards: 5.9%
Russell Feingold: 5.4%
Bill Richardson: 4.6%
Hillary Clinton: 3.5%
Dennis Kucinich: 2.5%
Nancy Pelosi: 1.1%
Wesley Clark, Al Gore, Bill Moyers, Mark Warner: less than 1% each
Those are two very different sets of preferences, aren’t they?
What’s your dream ticket? Make the case.