Nov. 3 - Harry's Bar in Paris where patrons have successfully picked 17 of the last 19 US presidents says it will be Obama in 2012. Jessica Gray reports.
Barack Obama's re-election is almost a sure thing, according to U.S. patrons at a Parisian pub. Canny American expats at Harry's Bar have successfully predicted the outcomes of 17 of the last 19 U.S. presidential races. This year, the bar's traditional pre-election straw poll gave the nod to Obama, who leads by a narrow margin in several key battleground states. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HARRY'S BAR MANAGER, ALAIN DA SILVA, SAYING: "The score tonight is 148 for Romney, 214 for Obama. (Journalist's question: "So Obama leading?") Leading for the moment, still four days to go, the next ballot will be on Tuesday night at about midnight." Manager Alain da Silva says the vote is a time-honoured tradition for his American patrons and says the success rate is because the expatriates have their fingers on the pulse of U.S. politics. A pulse that's read so accurately that roughly every four years around the first week of November, Harry's Bar can expect a call from the U.S. embassy in Paris unofficially asking how the straw poll went.