Campaign Notebook

The pumpkin poll is really a toss up

Presidential visages will go flying in Asheboro at Pumpkin Chunking

FROM STAFF REPORTSOctober 31, 2012 

Forget all the presidential polls you’ve been reading, the one to follow is annual Courier-Tribune Pumpkin Chunking Poll on Thursday in Asheboro.

In the field behind a Harley-Davidson dealership, pumpkins painted with the faces of President Barack Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney will be sent flying through the air from a trebuchet armed with a pumpkin sling. The one that rolls the farthest wins the poll, and presumably the election.

The face of Big Bird will also be flying through the air on a squash to see if he will fly on his own or continue to need public support.

In 2004, the pumpkin predictions were 80 percent accurate. That was the year, John Edwards’ pumpkin head misfired and landed with a thud about 10 feet from the trebuchet.

On the trail: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton will campaign at early voting sites in Greensboro, Durham and Chapel Hill. He’ll be with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Durham Mayor Bill Bell.

His GOP counterpart, Pat McCrory will campaign at a diner in Mocksville and at Lexington BBQ in Lexington. Presumably, he will not make cracks about Eastern North Carolina ’cue.

On the presidential front, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will host a series of grassroots events on Thursday on behalf of the Obama campaign. She’ll be at a private residence in Raleigh early in the afternoon, followed by stops at an Obama campaign office in Greensboro and Amelie’s French Bakery in Charlotte.

From staff reports

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