DENVER, Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Secretary Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of the 2016 presidential race, according to a new LaMar’s Donuts poll. Based off results from a four-week poll conducted at LaMar’s Donuts locations across three states, it appears that Clinton will fend off Republican nominee Donald Trump by nearly 7 percentage points.

In an election season in which both Clinton and Trump have been dogged by accusations and controversy, the candidates are expected to garner 53.5% and 46.5% percent of the popular vote, respectively. The poll did not consider votes for Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

Starting in early October, LaMar’s patrons were asked to stuff their ballot boxes (stomachs) – and show their political leanings – by purchasing limited-edition gourmet donuts on sale: the “Fillery Clinton,” a donkey-shaped donut with blue sugar topping and the elephant-shaped “Donut J. Trump” donut donning red sugar.

The Colorado-based donut maker believes its donut poll is one of the best indicators of how the country will vote in this presidential election.

In the 2008 LaMar’s Donuts Presidential Poll, the “Dough-Bama” beat out the “McCandy Cain” with 52 percent of sales. As it turned out, then-Senator Obama won the real presidential election with a nearly identical share of the popular vote: 53.7 percent.

In 2012, the poll was only 1.3 percent off the actual results – though the projection was in favor of the “Mitt Yum-ney” – proving better than most pundits.

About LaMars Donuts – After developing his original donut recipe as a teenager in 1933, Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar's Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 25 stores in five states. LaMar's has won numerous awards and favorable reviews by such publications as The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine, and was the first donut to be reviewed and acclaimed by Zagat, the world's most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar's Donuts are proclaimed by many as "simply a better donut."

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