Post-Potomac Sales of Clinton and Obama Gear in Ohio and Texas
In the wake of the “Potomac Primaries” in DC, Maryland and Virginia on Tuesday, a lot of people have been buying our Election 2008 buttons, bumper stickers, lawn signs and t-shirts, and a big whopping lot of those people making purchases hail from Ohio and Texas. To satisfy my curiosity, I checked out the distribution of support for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama expressed in sticker, button etc. purchases from Ohio and Texas over the past three days (February 13-15, 2008). To satisfy your curiosity, I’m happy to share the results with you.
Sales for the candidates number well over 500 for each of these two states over the last three days alone, making me more confident that this isn’t just a chance artifact of small numbers. Opportunity for supporters of each of the candidates to reach our stores is high: a search for “hillary clinton bumper sticker” and “barack obama bumper sticker” on google, for example, leads to similarly high-ranking placement for our shops. The above results doesn’t resemble the results of surveys drawn from random samples, and that means something. The people who buy these items are highly motivated, willing to lay down cash so they can express their committed support for a candidate in public. That’s not a random group — it’s a group of people who are most likely to show up on election day and vote.