Photo courtesy The Goldklang Group

The past two presidential elections have been correctly predicted by the results of The Goldklang Group promotion BOBBLECTION™.  Beginning with the 2004 election, fans entering ballparks were asked to take part in the straw poll by selecting the bobble head of their preferred presidential candidate.  The Goldklang Group teams have garnered national attention for the promotion and for the first time, in 2012, are opening up the process to teams around the nation.  Because of the notoriety and excitement generated by the promotion The Goldklang Group has trademarked the term and holds the exclusive rights to the term BOBBLECTION™.

The Goldklang Group teams, Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), Ft. Myers Miracle (Florida State League), Hudson Valley Renegades (NY/Penn League), St. Paul Saints (American Association), and Pittsfield Suns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League) have invited member teams of their respective leagues to take part in BOBBLECTION™ 2012.  In addition to the Goldklang Group teams also the following teams are participating in BOBBLECTION™ 2012- Asheville Tourists, Hickory Crawdads, and Lakewood Blueclaws (South Atlantic League), Lincoln Saltdogs and Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (American Association). 

Bobblection allows the first 1,000 fans through the gate, regardless of age, to receive a bobblehead of either Republican candidate Mitt Romney or Democratic candidate President Barack Obama. The first of the candidates to run out of all 500 bobbleheads will be declared the winner.

Fans’ bobblehead choices will help national pollsters gain a feel for each state’s electorate.

The schedule is as follows:

Aug. 6: Pittsfield (Massachusetts) Suns    - Obama won 57% to 43%

Aug. 11: Hickory (North Carolina) Crawdads    - Romney won 57% to 43%

Aug. 18: Asheville (North Carolina) Tourists    - Romney won 50.5% to 49.5%

Aug. 21: Lakewood (New Jersey) BlueClaws
              Lincoln (Nebraska) Saltdogs

Aug. 27: St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints

Aug. 28: Charleston (South Carolina) RiverDogs
              Fargo-Moorhead (North Dakota) Redhawks
              Hudson Valley (New York) Renegades

Aug. 30: Ft. Myers (Florida) Miracle

Ed. How exactly are the percentages are calculated?  Noel Blaha, director of promotions for the Charleston Riverdogs, explains:

An equal amount of each candidate’s dolls are available as fans enter the ballpark. The first candidate to run out of bobbles is declaired that club’s winner. At that time, based on the remaining bobbles, the percentage is submitted to the Bobblection™ website.

The formula based on 500 of each candidate is:

When Candiate A runs out we immediately then count how many of Candidate B remain.  If Candidate A runs out and 292 Candiate Bs remain the vote tally would be 500-208 in favor of Candidate A.  Thereby Candidate A would have 500 of the total 708 votes or 70% (500x100 divided by 708) and candidate A would win that stadium 70%-30% and earn one point for the over all promotion (similar to electoral college votes/points).