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Today is the big day – Election Day 2012 in the United States! After months of campaigning across the country and around the world, Americans will hit the polls today to cast their vote for their candidate of choice.

While we don’t endorse either one of the candidates (you know, we have readers on both sides of the aisle!), we do feel like it’s our duty to keep you well-informed in our own way. And that means only one thing…FOOD. We set out to discover the favorite foods of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney! Some of the results may surprise you but (unfortunately), none are really that strange – both candidates enjoy comforting classics and their share of sweet treats.

So, whether you’re on your way to the polls, gathering people at home for an Election Night watching shindig, or just feverishly clicking refresh on your news site, cast your vote outside the polls by whipping up one of these candidate favorites tonight!

Barack Obama

Five Guys Burgers

It’s no secret that the Prez loves his Five Guys. So, what’s the secret to recreating these addictive burgers and fries at home? Smash the burgers for more surface area and crispy edges and spice up the fries with Cajun seasoning.

Chili

Keeping the ground beef love going, Obama also loves a good, hearty chili. When he’s on the road, he’s been known to stop into the DC institution, Ben’s Chili Bowl, where he and his family have made the “Eat Free List” (the only ones to do so other than Bill Cosby). But, more interestingly, we dug up this recipe for Barack’s Chili that he shared BEFORE he was President! It’s pretty basic, but we’re digging the addition of red wine vinegar for a little tang.

Pie

The President loves his pie, so much so that apparently his cholesterol shot up over a 2 year period. Now, whether pie was the culprit or not, it’s no secret that Obama can’t get enough of the homemade pies from Cruster-in-Chief and White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. Pumpkin is a favorite but this recipe from Yosses for the White House Apple Pie also gets its fair share of forks. Making your own crust? Here are a couple of tips from our archives: freeze the butter and blind-bake the crusts.

Fruit Crisps

You won’t find this one on the internet! We had the privilege of attending a talk by Bill Yosses at Harvard a few months ago as part of their Science and Cooking Lecture Series where he shared that the President loves seasonal fruit crisps. Well, then we’re sure he would love this Apple and Cranberry Crisp from Little B Cooks.

Mitt Romney

Meatloaf

It doesn’t get any more certain than this – straight from the mouth of the Mrs! Mitt’s wife, Ann Romney, shared her recipe for Mitt’s Favorite Meatloaf Cakes on his blog and also with TV sammy-making superstar, Rachael Ray. Want to mix things up a bit? This Guinness and Cheddar Meatloaf wrapped in bacon from The Galley Gourmet would hit the spot.

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches

It turns out that Mitt still enjoys some childhood favorites like a good ol’ PB&H sandwich, perfect to keep up his energy during long hours of campaigning. We don’t think you need a recipe for this one but in case you’re looking for something a little different, try out this Peanut Butter, Honey, and Banana French Toast from BS in the Kitchen.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

In an interview with Kelly Ripa, Mitt confessed that his favorite junk food was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Did you know that you can make them pretty easily at home? Check out this recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups from Girl Makes Food.

And just to round things off, Ann Romney has her own Recipes board on Pinterest, filled with a bunch of sweet treats and the occasional healthy recipe.

The Verdict

We’ll leave this one up to you but it’s obvious that with a busy life on the road, both candidates enjoy coming home to homemade Americana favorites that are satisfying and comforting. Both enjoy their beef and sweets, with Mitt favoring peanut butter and Obama on the seasonal fruit bandwagon. Regardless if you’re voting red or blue (or just watching from abroad), get in the spirit of Election Day by making one of the candidate’s favorite meals. Who knows, they just might show up for dinner. And remember, get out and vote!