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Published October 08, 2012, 09:36 PM

Beer sales and election outcomes may have a lot in common

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We've got just more than four weeks until election time, and it's still anyone's race. But according to a new study, you might be able to determine who will win the election by which beer sales are more popular.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We've got just more than four weeks until election time, and it's still anyone's race. But according to a new study, you might be able to determine who will win the election by which beer sales are more popular.

It may be hard to believe, but a new study has found a correlation between Republican and Democrat, and what kind of beer people prefer.

Some far left, some far right, others right in the moderate middle.

So we put the theory to the test locally.

Obama versus Romney. Left versus Right. Bud Select versus Coors Light.

Randy Granberg: “I'm a democrat but I vote for people who I like.”

A study by Scarborough Research took data from 200,000 interviews and found that that there is a strong correlation between the type of beer people drink and their political affiliation.

Jill Rivera: “What does beer have to do with politics? But, I mean, I guess we all like to drink.”

Nathan Schjei: “Why would anything about what you drink have to do with who you vote for?”

Pointless, maybe. But let’s look at the data. Bud Select, Michelob and Corona were all very left leaning. Miller Lite, Coors Light and Sam Adams drinkers were usually on the other side of the Spectrum. And the very popular Bud Light finished right in the middle.

So did Fargo follow the trend?

Republican Jill Rivera went for a moderate beer.

Rivera: “My absolute favorite is Alaska Amber, but then I go to Bud Light.”

Democrats Randy Granberg and Nathan Schjei were diehard Miller Lite drinkers, a so-called conservative beer.

Schjei: “I'm more Democrat than anything, but I won't vote for Obama.”

Not surprisingly, this was the general sentiment among most people we talked to.

Granberg: “I think it's bologna.”

Schjei: “It's just strange.”

The chart also examined voter turnout. People that prefer MicroBrews were among the most likely to hit the voting booth on Election Day. Natural Light Drinkers were the least likely to vote.

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