The red frosting tastes exactly the same as the blue frosting.

But there's no question which is the more popular sugar cookie topping around here.

At last count, Charlie Jo Urban's apple-red "Bush" cookies were outstripping her royal blue "Kerry" cookies 228 to 204. In a matter of hours Friday, customers snapped up 72 of them, Urban said.

The political gap has widened since she began selling the political treats last weekend at her Old Town Manassas bakery and restaurant, the Donut Depot, Urban said.

"This is definitely Bush country out here, I would say," said Urban, a Texas transplant. "He's always been ahead."

Customers have mostly passed up Urban's "undecided" cookies. A full tray of the cookies -- frosted half red, half blue with "B" and "K" in white frosting -- sat, ignored, in the store's display case Friday morning. Customers have bought just five of them over the past week.

"There aren't many waverers," said server Heather Stevens, 24, of Manassas.

Greens were nowhere to be found.

"I'm not even cooking them," Urban said. "I haven't gotten any requests for them. [Nader's] like zero."

On Tuesday, the store will add special Election Day doughnuts glazed in red and blue to the lineup. The political cookies will be on sale through Wednesday.

It all started with Urban's husband, Jeff. He was watching CNN several weeks ago at their Fairfax home and saw a story about a New Jersey bakery selling politically tinged confections.

"As a fluke almost," Charlie Jo Urban said she decided to try the same approach at her shop, which opened in May. "I was just kind of doing it as a joke. I didn't think it was going to take off."

The store is next to the train tracks in Old Town Manassas and caters to the morning Virginia Railway Express commuters.

She chose cookies over cupcakes because "not too may adults eat cupcakes," she said.

Last week, in between batches of apple fritters, Bavarian creams and Texas twists, Urban and her staff churned out hundreds of the $1 sugary creations.

"It's just constant," Urban said of her store's cookie production line.

How do customers react when they first notice the cookies?

"A lot of people laugh," Stevens said. "People say it's a great idea."

A woman said she would call ABC's "Good Morning America" to pitch the cookies as a story idea, Stevens said.

The political cookies have even stirred up some debate in the store.

"That's almost caused fights at the register," Urban said. "It's been entertaining to say the least."

Some local political party activists have also gotten into the act.

Leslie Kostelecky, 35, of Manassas purchased a dozen reds every day last week and took them back to the Manassas Republican headquarters.

But Kostelecky, Manassas City Republican Committee secretary, denied she was trying to sway the tally by "buying votes."

"We're doing it 'cause it's a cool thing," she said. Plus, Kostelecky said, she had bought some Kerry cookies and some undecideds, too.

She has been reselling the cookies to Republican volunteers working long hours and to people of all political stripes who visit the headquarters.

"We're definitely slanted, but we want people to have the opportunity to buy what they want," she said.

A liberal-leaning customer has been purchasing two or three Kerry cookies almost every day, Urban said.

Customers such as David Flach of Manassas, who is "of retirement age," are taking more of a cautious approach.

Flach said he has kept his eye on the tally but has stayed out of the fray. Flach, chief executive of Payne Publishers in Manassas, stops in the Donut Depot nearly every day for his coffee and coconut doughnut fix.

Does he plan to weigh in?

"I'll probably get one Monday," he said.

And which color will he choose?

"That's like going to the polls," he said, hinting that it was a private matter.

Manassas's Donut Depot is helping feed the political frenzy with election-theme treats."There aren't many waverers," said server Heather Stevens, changing the tally after a dozen red cookies were sold.