Did you see the news last night? Did you? I mean the news on Nickelodeon, of course, with Linda Ellerbee. Because they let the kids vote for president, and the votes are in: The kids’ choice is Senator Barack Obama!
According to the press release I received just minutes after the announcement was made:
Senator Barack Obama has been declared the winner of Nickelodeon’s 2008 Kids Pick the President “Kids’ Vote”. A record-breaking number of votes — upwards of 2.2 million — were cast in the network’s online poll. Nickelodeon has held a “Kids’ Vote” every election year since 1988, and kids have correctly predicted the winner in four out of the last five U.S. presidential campaigns.
In this election year’s Kids Pick the President “Kids’ Vote”, Senator Obama received 51% of the vote (1,167,087), and Senator McCain received 49% (1,129,945). The Nickelodeon Kids Pick the President “Kids’ Vote” is not a scientific poll. [...]
“Nickelodeon has a long history of empowering kids and providing them with an opportunity to voice their opinions,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group. “The Kids Pick the President campaign has introduced them to the voting process, and hopefully will make them want to be active participants when they are old enough to vote.”
Did the kids pick correctly this year? We’ll know in a few weeks.