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You want Yanks? Go to where the bagels are. An estimated 106,000 Americans live in Australia, and if 2000 is anything to go by, they could be the deciding factor in this year’s election. But how to find them and get out the vote? Democrats Abroad Australia chairman Todd St Vrain, who is based in Sydney, told Crikey they’ve been hitting up markets and bagel stores to hand out fliers, made countless phone calls, hosted events to watch conventions and debates, and developed targeted ads.