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Presidential Race Full Of Beans At Local Restaurant

"It's the good ole' beans," laughed general manager Bruce Bedard.... he's talking about  a long-held tradition at Sweet Sue's restaurant, the bean poll.

Just come in to eat and waitresses drop off a bean at your table. To vote, just drop it in the jar of your choice.

"Obama is the man, that's the one," said Mary Kelly. "He gets my bean."

"Oh, I'm a McCain fan," said Jim Fletcher. "I'm retired military."

Although some still aren't sure what to do with their beans.

"Undecided yet, not sure, going to try to cut it in half."

The restaurant bought some 20 pounds of beans for their poll. And they say it's filling-up to be a tight race.

"This year I think a lot of people are just wanting to be involved in the process and I think that's a good thing," said Bedard.  "That's the serious side of this. We want to draw attention to it cause it is important for everyone to have a voice."

The same voting rules apply. You have to be at least 18 and you can only vote once per visit. As tempting as it is, you don't want to be caught red-handed in the bean jar.

"I'm going to take one out right now because I feel terrible about voting twice," said Cyndye Hines.  "So I'm taking this one bean out."

It may be full of beans but this poll is taken just as seriously. The beans will be counted the morning after election day. Management at Sweet Sue's say their bean poll has always been very close to national poll results.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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