Do Tony the Tiger and the Energizer Bunny have the stump-speeches and campaign tactics to compete with the political machine of Colombian Coffee icon Juan Valdez? Apparently, Valdez-backers (caffeine addicts?) have found some success, as he’s currently on top in the Advertising Week competition for favorite advertising icon. (So says AdRants.)

Maybe it has something to do with the sweepstakes running on the JuanValdez.com Web site, and the print ads — offering free cups of coffee — the Colombians have run in the New York tabloids. (There’s even a Spanish-language version of the “Vote for Juan” online campaign.)

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