Presidential election straw poll set for FLIBS

With just one week left before Election Day, most people are fed up with all of the negative presidential election campaigning.
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With just one week left before Election Day, most people are fed up with all of the negative presidential election campaigning.

But in the swing state of Florida, a different type of poll could predict how the political cookie crumbles. On Saturday, a straw poll at the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will gauge which candidate has the lead in the presidential race.

Attendees at the in-water boat show, which opens Thursday and will continue through Monday, will have the opportunity to purchase red or blue cookies in the "Sink or Float" cookie poll and show their preference for Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump. Proceeds from cookie sales will be donated to charity.

Cookies will be on sale at a dedicated "polling place" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, one of the boat show's seven locations. The winner will be announced shortly afterward.

Proceeds from the cookie poll will be donated to the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, which provides medical care, case management, social services and other types of intervention to children and adolescents with chronic illnesses and development disabilities. Each year, the center serves more than 11,000 children and youth in South Florida.

The Fort Lauderdale show will cover seven locations with nearly 1,500 boats across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. Approximately 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries display an array of boats, marine products and accessories valued at more than $4 billion. Approximately 100,000 people attend the show every year.

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