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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Kids like Obama but Mommas like McCain -- Cindy, that is



In a blog last week, I wrote about how my husband and I like to take the kids to the polls with us to vote and fun ways to get your kids involved in the electoral process. But with predictions of high voter turnout on Nov. 4 and a rush to early voting already under way, we may be rethinking our decision. In the meantime, one small set of voters have chosen who they think the next president should be -- by a narrow margin


In Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President Kids Vote, Democrat Barack Obama edged out Republican John McCain, 51 percent to 49 percent. More than 2.2-million votes were cast Oct. 12-20 in what was the tightest race since Nick started letting kids vote in 1988.

Now, of course this is not a scientific poll -- kids voted online and they could vote more than once. But according to Nick spokeswoman Rebecca Boswell, kids cast more votes in the Nick poll this year than in any of the five previous elections.

One last note: The kids have correctly picked the winner in four of the last five elections.

Mom_cindymccain_3 Now, Mommas have had their chance to vote too: Family Circle has held the Mom_mccaincookies Presidential Cookie Bake-Off every year since 1992 featuring recipes recommended by the candidate's wives. Official results won't be announced until the magazine's Nov. 1 issue, but it appears that Cindy McCain's recipe for Oatmeal-Butterscotch cookies is leading in online voting. Online and mail-in votes will be tallied to determine the winner. And take this, Nick kids: The voters in the cookie poll have been right in each presidential race.

Who picked the winner this year? Will Momma know best or will kids be know-it-alls?

-- Sherry Robinson

[Photos: Barack Obama -- Associated Press; Cindy McCain's cookies -- Family Circle]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:57am]


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