Colombians keen to vote for Obama, or bet on him
TURBACO, Colombia – A former mayor of this coastal town is such as fan of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama that he plans to hold a mock election to allow Colombians to vote for the Democrat.
Silvio Carrasquilla plastered the front of his house with pictures of Obama, campaign slogans and U.S. flags.
“We want to show the moral support that Obama has here,” said 28-year-old Carrasquilla, who was mayor from 2004 to 2008. “I got the idea when people who saw the house started asking if there was some way for them to vote.”
On U.S. election day Nov 4., they will be able to cast a ballot at four voting booths set up around Turbaco, a mostly Afro-Colombian town near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena.
Win or lose in the United States, Barack Obama could really hit the jackpot in Colombia.
A provincial lottery has printed the smiling face of Obama on its tickets, hoping to boost sales while paying homage to the U.S. presidential candidate.
The average weekly top prize: just under $300,000.
Photo credits: Reuters/Freddy Builes and Albeiro Lopera.