President Obama wins an early kids’ vote


President Obama greets two of Mitt Romney's grandsons after the third presidential debate Monday. it's probably safe to assume that they voted for their grandfather and not the president! (JEWEL SAMAD/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VIA GETTY IMAGES)
October 23, 2012

Election Day is officially November 6, but President Barack Obama has won an unofficial vote by kids around the country.

The president got about 65 percent of more than half a million votes cast as part of Nickelodeon’s 2012 Kids Pick the President online poll. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, got about 35 percent of the vote.

The winner of the Nickelodeon vote has gone on to win the presidency in five of the last six elections, so the Democratic president has reason to be happy about the results.

Still, voting in an online survey is different from voting in a real election. The idea is to give kids a chance to better understand why voting is so important.

KidsPost will conduct its second presidential election, with voting starting Friday, November 2. (In 2008, KidsPost readers “elected” Senator Barack Obama over Senator John McCain.) You can read Kids­Post’s election coverage at kids post.com.

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