The "Thanks for your vote" gift cards can be purchased in denominations from $10 to $1000, and feature a smiling Mitt Romney backed by a red, white and blue background.
WalMart shoppers who attempted to purchase the gift cards either in-store or online were informed that the cards are backordered until November.
A WalMart representative said "an entity that wishes to remain anonymous has purchased the first run of the cards" numbering in the millions.
Meanwhile, in Mexico thousands of people rushed to stores on Tuesday to redeem prepaid gift cards they said were given them by the party that won Mexico’s presidency, inflaming accusations that the election was marred by massive vote-buying.
|Long lines at the Nogales WalMart the day after the election.|
At least a few cardholders were angry, complaining they didn’t get as much as promised. Some of those lined up at the Nogales WalMart store to use their gift cards said they got them for supporting the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, whose candidate Enrique Pena Nieto won Sunday’s election. Some wore red T-shirts and baseball caps with Pena Nieto’s name printed in white.
In the U.S., a spokesperson for the Romney campaign declined comment on the disposition of the millions of gift cards still unaccounted for. He did say, however, that in a hypothetical case where they might give gift cards to "loyal voters", people would get what they were promised. "This is America after all," he said.
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