Michelle Obama Beats Ann Romney in Vital Cookie Contest

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The cookie bakers have spoken: Michelle Obama will not be relinquishing over her White House kitchen garden or her first lady status any time soon. And she has her White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to thank for it.

The current first lady was crowned the champion of Family Circle's Presidential Cookie Bake-Off today after 4,844 bakers across the country gave her cookie recipe the seal of approval. Ann Romney's M&M Cookies won the taste buds of 4,557 voters.

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Family Circle's cookie poll has accurately predicted who will be the next first lady in four out of the past five elections. The only time the poll was wrong was in 2008, when readers picked Cindy McCain's Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies over Michelle Obama's shortbread cookies months before Barack Obama's victory at the polls.

Nine thousand readers voted in the cookie poll this year, with 51.5 percent picking Obama's recipe and 48.5 percent choosing Romney's. Only 287 votes separated the two women, the smallest margin in first lady cookie contest history.

But cookies aren't the only oddball contest with election prediction powers. Click here for a full run down on the many other unofficial ways to predict who will the White House in November.