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President Trump will pardon one of these Minnesota turkeys

And you can vote for which one.
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It's nearly Thanksgiving and so that means it's time for the U.S. president to pardon a turkey.

Yes, the annual ritual continues on Tuesday with President Donald Trump's first chance to absolve one lucky bird of its avian crimes.

This year, both turkeys in the running for the pardon – named Drumstick and Wishbone – were raised in Minnesota, which is perhaps not surprising given that Minnesota is the biggest turkey-producing state in the country.

You can vote for your preferred bird on Twitter below – and don't worry, both will survive no matter what the result.

Drumstick and Wishbone were raised by Minnesotans Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg. Carl is the current chairman of the National Turkey Association (NTA) and raises 100,000 turkeys for the Northern Pride Cooperative in Wyndmere, North Dakota.

But Wishbone and Drumstick were raised in Minnesota, on the Wittenburgs' Alexandria-area hobby farm. Helping them raise the birds were five Douglas County 4-H members, who have joined Wittenburg on the trip to D.C.

The pardoned bird will be lifted onto the table before the president by Wittenburg's 19-year-old son Wyatt.

As has become bizarre recent tradition, both turkeys have been put up in a lavish hotel room in Washington D.C. before the ceremony on Tuesday, when one will officially be pardoned and the other will be an alternate.

The Hill notes that rooms at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, where they're staying, can run between $200 to $3,500 per night, with the NTA footing the bill.

If you're having trouble picking a winner, here's the tale of the turkey tape.

Whichever is chosen, the turkey will be the second pardon issued by President Trump, the first being former Arizonan sheriff Joseph Arpaio

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