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students voting in mock election at their school Multi-ethnic boys and girls, 3rd grade students, cast their vote in a ballot box during a mock election at school. (Photo: Richard Hutchings / PhotoEdit)

Election 2012: Obama Wins Scholastic Student Vote Again

Almost 250,000 kids cast their ballots in mock election

By Andrew Liang | null null , null

Election Day is three weeks from today. But America's kids have already declared a winner. The results of the 2012 Scholastic Presidential Election Student Vote are in: President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, won with 51 percent of the vote, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, received 45 percent of the vote.

The Student Vote was open to kids from grades 1 to 12 from all around the nation. They voted online at the Scholastic News Election 2012 website or by sending in paper ballots published in Scholastic News and Junior Scholastic magazines. Voting closed on October 10, and almost 250,000 (a quarter of a million) students voted.

Beginning in 1940, Scholastic has conducted a Student Vote during every single Presidential election, giving millions of kids from every state the opportunity to vote for a candidate.

Since then, the results of the Student Vote have mirrored the results of the general election all but twice. In 1948, the kids voted for Thomas Dewey over eventual winner Harry Truman. And in 1960, kids selected Richard Nixon over eventual winner John F. Kennedy. In 2000, the kids of the Student Vote result picked George W. Bush. This mirrored the Electoral College result but not the result of the popular vote.

Many people believe the swing states are very significant in deciding our next President. So what were the results of the swing states in the Student Vote?

In the key swing state of Ohio, President Obama won with 50 percent of the vote and Governor Romney received 43 percent of the vote. But get this — no Republican has ever won the White House without winning this crucial state. Ohio is famous for having predicted the winner of the last 10 elections, and like the Scholastic Student Vote, has mirrored the results of all but two elections since 1940.

Florida is another important swing state. It's worth 29 electoral votes, and whoever wins Florida is likely to win the presidency. In the Student Vote, President Obama won Florida with 53 percent, as opposed to Governor Romney's 44 percent.

Governor Romney topped Obama in one swing state — Virginia. In that state, Romney won 50 percent of the vote, while the President received 47 percent.

You can find a complete round-up of results from all 50 states on the Election 2012 website.

In the overall Student Vote, most kids voted for either President Obama or Governor Romney, but some did vote "Other." Like in 2008, 4 percent of the student voters checked this category. Many students who chose "Other" voted for former Republican presidential nominee Ron Paul, while some wrote in the names of people like Hillary Clinton. A few even voted for their own parents!

With three weeks left until Election Day, it will be interesting to see if the kids have picked the right candidate once again. On November 6, the voters of America will pick a President. Be sure to follow Election Night results with the Kid Reporters on the Scholastic News Election 2012 website throughout the evening of November 6.


Scholastic News Kid Reporters are on the campaign trail! Keep up with latest election news on the Election 2012 website.


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