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By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Oct. 24, 2016 – Updated 6:03 p.m.

With the presidential election coming on the heels of Halloween, Hillary Clintons and Donald Trumps may be as common as superheroes and zombies on Oct. 31.

Perhaps because the race for the White House has been so colorful, candidate masks are selling even better than in 2008, the last time there wasn’t a sitting president seeking re-election, said Dani Santi, operations manager at Costume Castle in Lake Forest.

While Santi said sales of Trump’s and Clinton’s likenesses are about even, others said the Republican candidate is the hotter ticket.

At San Bernardino’s Fun Corner, owner Steve Sutherland said Trump is outselling Clinton two to one. Banning-based Costumeish.com founder Johnathon Weeks said it’s more like three to one.

“He’s more of a character,” Weeks said. “He’s got more outrageous things on his mind that he voices, and they become costumes.”

Controversy isn’t new to Weeks, whose company has made headlines for costumes based on current events, such as 2014’s “sexy ebola inspector” and, more recently, Kim Kardashian’s reported Paris robbery.

This year, Costumeish is offering Donald Taco Trump and “Donald the wall builder” costumes. It’s already sold out of a “Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire” Clinton outfit.

Costume sellers say that, in election years, whichever presidential candidate’s mask is most in demand usually points toward who will win in November.

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