Team Caramel or Team Popcorn? Vote for Thanksgiving turkey pardon

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Turkeys vying for White House pardon

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The White House is conducting polls over social media to select one of two turkeys as the recipient of the president's annual Thanksgiving Day pardon.

A couple of 2-foot-tall, feathery rivals are facing off for President Barack Obama's affections.

Popcorn and Caramel, two male turkeys born in July, are vying for the president's ceremonial Thanksgiving Day pardon in polls the White House organized across social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Farmer John Burkel of Badger, Minn., raised both birds. Caramel has a steady temperament, prefers soybean meal and the music of Lady Gaga, Burkel reports. Popcorn snacks on his namesake, corn, and favors Beyonce's hit song "Halo."

The deadline for voting is Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. Obama is to announce the winner at a White House ceremony on Wednesday.

So far, at least on Facebook, Popcorn was ahead with 745 likes vs. 491 for his rival.

Animal lovers need not fear about the fate of the loser. After starring in some Christmas pageantry, both winner and loser alike will live out their remaining days at Morven Park's Turkey Hill, a Leesburg, Va., farm at the home of former Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis.

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