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During his 2008 campaign for the presidency, then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama stopped for a cheesesteak and fries at Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia. Click through the gallery to see other politicians eating their way through key political states.

Everyone in Cleveland knows that politicians who eat Polish Boys and pierogi — not necessarily at the same time — increase their chances of winning their political races.

And their favorite candy? The buckeye, of course!
Head east to Philly and politicians better like cheesesteak if they don’t want to be called carpetbaggers.
Never mind the bickering over vice presidential picks and party platforms at the political conventions this month.
It’s Cleveland’s bustling food culture that we’ll celebrate during the Republican National Convention, July 18 to July 21, followed by Philadelphia’s culinary scene during the Democratic National Convention, July 25 to July 28.

No, we’re not going to decide between the two cities or their states, any more than we’re going to choose the presidential candidates for you.
Each city has its special spots, and they’ll still be happening long after the convention delegates go home.

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