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Obama leads Romney, if kids could vote

The nation's youngsters have spoken.

If American children had their way, President Barack Obama would serve another four years as the Commander in Chief.

That’s according to the recent Scholastic Student Vote where those under 18 got to weigh in on the important election. Nearly a quarter of a million students across the country cast their ballots, and the results are in: President Barack Obama walked away with a 6 percent lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Photo: Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty ImagesStudents who voted for "Other," wrote in Republicans such as Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, John McCain and Paul Ryan, according to a press release from Scholastic, peppered with the occasional "my mom" or "my dad."

Final results:

Barack Obama 51 percent

Mitt Romney 45 percent

Other 4 percent

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The Scholastic Student Vote was launched during the 1940 Presidential election and has been held every election year since then, with the outcome reflecting that of the general election in every contest but two (in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy).

“The students have made their voices heard once again, and it proved to be a tight race,” said Elliott Rebhun, editor and publisher, Scholastic’s Social Studies Classroom Magazines. “The Scholastic Student Vote shows us that students are engaged and excited about the election, and has provided classroom teachers with a tool to bring current events to life and teach students about our country’s democratic process.”

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Students from across the country voted through mail-in paper ballots found in many of Scholastic’s classroom magazines, including Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic® beginning in September and online at the Scholastic 2012 Election site (www.scholastic.com/election) from August to Oct. 10, 2012.

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Photo: Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images

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Nov 22, 2012 5:11PM
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I guess the kids judge the candidates on how they can believe them. I too just don't trust Mitt. He hides behind his rank as the leader of industry. He assumes that he is the word that is right, and the rest of us just have to trust him. That goes against every thing I have learned all my life. Lets see your cards, all of them. All these porimses, and no detail, just trust him. I don't think so. 
I'm thrilled he lost. Now we need to get congress to do something for the people. Enough with the fear of what will happen if? How about some facts that can be proven? Every thing the far right is trying to sell is bassed on fear of what if. Show me what you have done beside stop everthing. Show my how trick;e down has done anything. 
Demand from us all is what makes jobs. By American. If a store or store chain only sells imported junk, don't support them. Don't you love America? Support her.
Oct 31, 2012 7:46AM
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Yah, liberal is the problem we have with "lazy" teachers who don't do their jobs and want more government pay. Lazy public school teacher’s calls in sick allot and the aptitude of curriculums used and their teaching is [weak] terrible.  I say, if you want your children to have a good education, make the sacrifice; pay, and send them to a private school.  In the "private sector" where teachers are paid for excellent teaching performance; unlike Obumur who is going to be fired for 4 POOR years of performance ----Hey, that rhymes -  four poor years, four poor years, fire him, fire him, for four poor years; get that community organizer out of their before he creates a bigger disaster!
Oct 23, 2012 6:29PM
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Ha, That Rummy Guy.  He Will Say Just About Anything That   :His Campaign Managers,s,s.  Will Tell Him.   That Guy Will Say Anything, Anything ,Anything, If He thinks it will Help Him Win.   The Problem is;  My Little TIMMY Just Loves His;  Jimmy Swagert Looks.   Why His Halloween Costume is All Done, The Vampire Dracula. He's Ready  to PREY on the Poor.
Oct 23, 2012 4:49PM
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President Obama saved hundreds of thousands of American jobs by " Saving Detriot ", Unlike Romney , who said " Let Detriot Go Bankrupt ". If Romney wins you can say goodbye to the Social  Securiy and Medicare health insurance that you have been paying into your whole life. Dont you see what Today's Republicans are doing ? They are bought and paid for by Corporate Billionaires, who dont want or need Social Security and dont care if you do. Romney & Ryan agenda is " Give more to those who dont need it and less to those who do ".

 President Reagan is rolling in his grave with how heartless Ryan's Budget plans are towards our seniors,  disabled and Veterans. Billions in cuts for those Americans, who paid their dues and now need Social Security and Affordable Healthcare. A vote for Republicans today is a vote against yourself, unless of course you are wealthy and dont care about our seniors, disabled or Veterans. I was a Republican during the Reagan glory days, but that party left town.

Oct 23, 2012 6:08AM
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We put our children in a private schools because we wanted to know that our children were getting taught and an education that would help them advance in life; not end up on "food stamps" like most of the public school children's parents who rely on welfare.  Parents can't be in a classroom to moderate "lazy" teachers in the public schools who just show up to work just to get paid, and who complain about not getting enough money to be "lazy".  Plus, we found out that these "lazy" public school teachers were always taking sick time, leaving to go on vacations [going to a RAM football game to be a cheerleader everytime a game occurs] and for so many other lame reasons, and instead relying on substitutes who don't have a BA or MA who come to teach children from a "whim," and without any curriculum direction.  HOW do you like having your children being taught by a person who doesn't have an education degree?  I think the Federal government needs to stay out of the school system, turn it over to the states to manage and hold the Govenors responsable for their own failures.  Too many Democrat Govenors unfortunately, agree with passing the buck on "lazy public school teachers."  Those "lazy" public school teachers need to be held accountable for their failing performance.  Wow!  Imagine what would happen to "lazy" public school teachers if they're jobs dependended on performance, you know, the same performance Obummer should be held accountable.  Four more years of Obummer would "bump" up 47% to 57%.  If you can't get it right in 4 years; GET OUT!  Your fired!

Oct 23, 2012 5:31AM
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Did ya see the Debate?  Boy that Romney guy sure is Full of It. He's Gonna fix everthing,do everthing, get it all done .  Talk about a bunch of Bull.  He would have been better off to just flash that Stupid Smerky Smile of His... I Cannot Believe thats the Best the Republicans Can  come up with..    A Geek thats Full of Ship.  
Oct 23, 2012 3:09AM
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Oh yah, AND prove who you are to vote!  Voting is privelage NOT a right!  People who don't want to prove who they are.... ARE people that don't deserve the right to vote...... Being an American is a privelage and not a right to just anyone.... you have to prove who you are.....you have to meet a criteria to be American...... you don't just show up to America and get to become an American......cart blanche!
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