Obama Wins in a Landslide Among Schoolkids

By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2008 12:27 PM CDT
Students cheer for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Wednesday, July 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama may be pulling slowly away from John McCain, but he's the overwhelming choice among the pre-K through 12th grade set. In a Scholastic poll, 57% of 250,000 students picked the Dem, USA Today reports. And don’t write it off as youthful inexperience —the poll has an 88% accuracy rate, only twice failing to predict the real winner since 1940. Write-ins this year included Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul, “My Dad,” and Stephen Colbert.