We have a winner here!

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

The debate is still raging in the U.S., but inside the Calgary Stampeders locker-room, the Democrats have already won the election.

An unofficial poll of American import players reveals strong vocal support for Barack Obama and very little, if any, John McCain backers.

"If there are McCain voters, they are keeping quiet," said receiver Jeremaine Copeland. "If you look closely at the situation, there is no reason to vote for McCain.

"Everybody has their own opinion, but my vote is going to Barack."

The U.S. election is Nov. 4, but the Americans playing in the CFL have to act now to cast their ballots via absentee voting.

Many have already mailed theirs in while a few others are in the process right now.

Our informal poll reveals about 85% of the players will vote Democrat, and the most passionate political watcher is quarterback Henry Burris.

Burris, who has a side job working in oil and gas sales, said the economy is a huge deciding factor for him.

"Some in our country are bull-headed in thinking McCain is going to turn things around," Burris said. "They are just dumb. I'm on the outside looking in. I just want to see a better situation for our country.

"The ill effects are felt throughout the world. Look at the markets around the world -- they are all down. Why? It's the last eight years in which they have run up a deficit of nine-trillion bucks. We were close to a surplus before a guy named George Bush took over."

There are a handful of Republicans in the Stamps' locker-room, but even they seem hesitant to throw their support behind McCain.

Offensive lineman Ben Archibald, who is a Mormon and from Washington state, was hoping fellow Mormon Mitt Romney won the nomination instead of McCain.

Archibald is a bit surprised by the percentage of Democrat supporters in his locker-room because he was surrounded by Republicans when he in the NFL. He is still undecided.

"I will vote for the best candidate as the next president," Archibald said. "I'm not totally stuck on Republican. It's just the way my beliefs have led me so far."

The balance of voting may have a lot to do with who is running for the Democrats.

All but four imports on the Stamps are of African-American descent, but that isn't completely the deciding factor.

Defensive lineman Charleston Hughes, who is from Detroit, admitted he voted for Bush in 2000 and didn't vote in 2004. He is undecided because he wants change, despite traditionally being Republican.

"It's a hard decision right now," Hughes said. "A lot of what McCain says right now is similar to Bush. I haven't heard him say anything different from Bush, so I'm leaning towards Obama."

Running back Joffrey Reynolds is from Texas and he's going with Obama after missing out on voting in 2004.

He had just arrived in Calgary and didn't get his absentee vote in at the time.

He won't make the same mistake this time.

"Change is needed and Barack is speaking about good change," Reynolds said.

"There is more to it than just voting for the black guy. He is talking good stuff about where America needs to be headed."


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