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Did Google Just Pick the Next President?

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is honoring today's Presidential Election with a new doodle.

At first glance, the doodle seems to be nothing more than an amusing visual comprised of red and blue letters. After taking a closer look, however, Google visitors will notice that each letter is comprised of a series of ballots. The "G," the second "O," and the "L" are blue; the other three letters are red.

Many top executives with the company, including Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin, support the campaign to re-elect President Obama. According to NationalJournal Magazine, David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal Officer and Senior VP, supports Obama as well.

They are not the only ones. Overall, Google-related donors gave more than $737,000 to the Obama campaign. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) executives gave even more, donating more than $761,000.

There are a few Google executives that support Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but their donations (including lobbyist Lee Dunn, who gave $1,000) are nowhere near the amount of money Obama has acquired.

As a corporation, however, Google has decided to put its political views aside and remain neutral. While the new doodle may initially appear to lean toward one candidate or another, there are actually 23 red and 23 blue ballots.

google_doodle_president.jpgImage Credit: Google

If the doodle is accurate and an equal number of Romney and Obama voters head to the polls today, it would mark a new chapter in United States history. Elections rarely come down to just a few votes. Even in small towns, individuals are more likely to get in an auto accident than they are to cast the deciding vote.

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