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BOO!….This is a few days old, but it just occurred to me to wonder who won the Halloween mask contest this year. Here’s the answer:

Barack Obama will be the next president. At least that’s what BuySeasons of New Berlin predicted last week based on the sales of its 99-cent paper presidential masks.

Sales of the masks as of Oct. 31 showed Obama with 55 percent of the sales and John McCain with 45 percent. The company, founded in 1999, has accurately predicted the last two presidential elections based on its mask sales.

Just sayin’.

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