It was a close race, as most campaigns are these days, but in the end the curly-haired poodle beat out the soft and silky wheaten terrier in a survey for the most suitable breed for the family of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) launched its poll to find a breed for Obama after reports that – win or lose – the Obama’s promised their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, a dog after the presidential election.

More than 42,000 people cast their vote over the seven-week online campaign. The Poodle clinched the nomination after the breed battled it out with the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in a race almost as tight as Clinton and Obama’s run for the Democratic nomination for president. The Poodle won by a hair, with just a few hundred votes separating the top two contenders.

“It is no surprise the American public chose a poodle for Obama,” said spokeswoman Lisa Peterson, adding the breed is the eighth most popular nationally and the third most common type of dog in Washington, D.C.

Third most common in DC? You’re kidding right?

Other breeds in the poll included the Miniature Schnauzer, the Bichon Frise, and the Chinese Crested whatever that is. The five breeds in the survey were picked for being hypoallergenic, because one of the Obama’s daughters suffers from allergies.

The Obama family may be adding a dog to their household for the first time, but may I say Republican nominee John McCain is ahead of the pack with 24 pets, including four dogs. It seems we animal lovers are a discerning group because according to the Kennel Club, McCain enjoys a 42 percent to 37 percent edge over Obama with dog owners particularly in McCain’s corner.

Of course, the Bush family dog, Barney, a Scottish terrier, has become a celebrity during his eight years in the White House, complete with his own website. He and his playmate Mrs. Beasley frequent the halls of power together in online videos and are regular entertainment in my household. Barney enjoys an approval rating higher then the president’s and congress combined!

So there you go. The outcome sounds about right to me. There is no need for lawyers and recounts. The Poodle: a perfect bff for an ‘Effete Elite’ like Barack Obama.

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