Will Hillary Run? Just Ask a Political Collector!
(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA) - Will Hillary run for the Democratic nomination for President? You might want to listen to political collectors.
“We have been watching the voting change pretty dramatically over the last twelve months” says Steve Ferber, Co-owner of Lori Ferber Collectibles of Scottsdale Arizona. “Two years ago the clear majority felt that Clinton would never run again.”
But that changed this month as 51.82% of the over 5,000 collectors who have cast votes on the Company’s website now feel that Hillary Clinton will indeed run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
Ferber’s company which he operates with his wife Lori Ferber, has been a leading dealer in presidential collectibles and memorabilia for over forty years. Ten years ago the company moved its annual poll to its website at www.loriferber.com, where customers and visitors to the site can now vote on the outcome presidential elections while browsing thru the Company’s over 9,000 presidential collectibles. “It’s not a scientific poll” admits Ferber, “but over the years, political collectors have done a pretty admirable job of predicting elections. In fact, they have picked the winning presidential candidate in five of the last seven presidential elections.
Have the recent revelations about Hillary Clinton’s personal email account changed the vote? Not according to Ferber, who says they have seen the margin of “yes” votes actually grow slightly in the last week. "I guess collectors tend to be frustrated historians” says Ferber, and tend to take a pretty long term view of events and campaigns. Blips don't tend to concern them. ”
Political collectors of campaign buttons, posters, inaugural souvenirs and autographs also tend to be a very knowledgeable group when it comes to politics and elections, points out Ferber. “Ask them who ran against Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election and they will instantly know the answer (George McClellan) points out Ferber. “They know their politics”.
Of course, there are times when collectors get it wrong – or do they? Take the 2000 election for example. The vote by political collectors finished in favor of Al Gore over George Bush by a narrow margin. “We blew that one” admits Ferber. George Bush defeated Al Gore in a close and hotly contested finish, “but then collectors had never heard of a “hanging chad” before that election”, Ferber jokingly points out. “Funny thing is copies of the actual hanging chad ballots are now a pretty popular collector’s item”, says Ferber.