Diners in the luxury hotel’s lounge could vote with their mouths by ordering a pair of cheeses inspired by either of the two White House contenders.

Lisa Hviding, Park Hyatt Washington’s cheese specialist (the greatest job title ever) selected two blue cheeses for Obama: the “Ewe’s Blue” sheep’s milk cheese from New York and Vermont’s “Barick Obama” pasteurized cow’s milk cheese. The red cheesy picks for Romney included “Red Hawk,” a cow’s milk cheese from California, and “Lincoln Log,” a pasteurized goat’s milk cheese made in Michigan.

Although at times the cheese showdown seemed as close as the presidential race, cheese lovers ended up melting for the Obama pairings. The president edged (or is that “wedged?”) out Romney with a vote of 465 to 432.

Photo: Len De Pas