Pint glass poll shows Obama leading Downtown, McCain ahead in Cordova

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A local eatery has found an unorthodox method of determining which direction Mid-South voters are swaying in the upcoming presidential election.
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium's presidential poll certainly isn't scientific, but that's not stopping voters from getting in on the action. Locations in Downtown Memphis and Cordova are conducting a "pint glass poll" by counting the number of glasses each presidential candidate sells.

"I'm a McCain person, and it's just hard for me to drink out of an Obama glass," said patron Terry Regel.
Caricatures on the glasses show John McCain with a little extra hair, and Barack Obama with a little extra ear.

"We put up a new total every day, and we have a lot of people buying them for their friends and the office," said Flying Saucer Manager Jay Brown.

The poll is revealing preferences according to location. The tally Downtown favors Obama, while McCain has the lead in Cordova.

"Downtown, Obama's definitely in the lead, and McCain's got it... he's winning out here in the east," said Brown.

Both locations will tally the votes on Nov. 2, two days before the actual election. And Brown says they're pretty confident the outcome will be an accurate preview.

"We're going to find out how it's going to turn out two days before it really comes about."

One thing's for sure: the popularity of this election. The Shelby County Election Commission expects this election to break records in terms of voter turnout.

to e-mail Kontji Anthony.