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High Schoolers Pick Obama




Chalk up another win for U.S. President Barack Obama … among people who can’t vote yet.

Two weeks after winning the 2012 Scholastic Student Vote (which included elementary, middle and high school “voters” from all over the country), Obama has emerged victorious in the 2012 VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State) election.  Nearly 55,000 high school students from across the country participated in the election  – with 52.2 percent choosing Obama, 42.1 percent choosing Romney and 4.1 percent choosing former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

Electorally, Obama beat Romney by a 316-208 margin in the VOTES election – although electoral votes in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were not awarded due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Since its inception in 1988, students participating in the VOTES election have correctly picked the winner of the presidential race.  The lone exception?  Eight years ago – when George W. Bush won a second term by defeating U.S. Sen. John Kerry.