West Bloomfield, MI

Michigan Vendor Predicts Elections One Pin at a Time

Photo credit: Maureen Feighan
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Maureen Feighan

When it comes to predicting presidential campaigns, Ken Hosner of Kalamazoo has his own unique polling system: Political buttons.

Hosner, along with his wife, Cathy, is the owner of Kalamazoo-based Political Americana, which sells campaign buttons, canes, posters and bandanas. He has been to 17 national conventions since 1968 and is set up at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

He called a friend who lives in West Bloomfield Township and designs most of his pins to create something. He ordered 200. Within an hour at the recent Indiana Democratic State convention, Hosner sold out of them.


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