Michelle Obama Wins Cookie Bake-Off!

The First Lady edged out Ann Romney in Family Circle's recipe contest, said to be a bellwether for the election results

Family Circle magazine has announced the winner of its presidential cookie bakeoff -- and it’s the First Lady by a nose! 

In its November issue, the magazine reveals that Michelle Obama’s white and dark chocolate chip cookies sneaked by with 51.5 percent of the vote, over Ann Romney’s M&M cookies, which garnered 48.5 percent.

The magazine reports that only 287 votes separated the two recipes with more than 9,000 counted. It’s the smallest margin in the history of the contest, which recruits candidates’ spouses to submit recipes for readers to make and judge for themselves.

If a recipe contest sounds frivolous in the context of a hotly contested political race for the highest office in the land, consider this: In the competition’s history dating back to 1992, all of the winners and their families later ended up in the White House with only one exception. (Mrs. Obama lost to Cindy McCain in 2008, amid controversy that Mrs. McCain ripped off her recipe from Hershey’s.) 

So, with just over a month until Election Day, did Family Circle already call the results? Perhaps, or perhaps not. But even if the magazine’s contest wasn’t as weighty as the one coming up next month, it was inarguably tastier!

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Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage’s Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter:

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