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Students pick Obama

About 250,000 youth voted in the Scholastic Student Vote 2012







American students have chosen Barack Obama to win the upcoming presidential election. About 250,000 youth participated in the annual Scholastic Student Vote project, casting ballots online or by mail.

Scholastic began the annual mock election for kids under 18 in 1940. Since then, the youth predicted the correct winner in all but two presidential elections (1948 and 1960). Pop Quiz: Who were the candidates in those elections?

This year, Virginia students chose Mitt Romney over Obama. But the overall vote went to the incumbent president.

What do students care about when casting ballots? They told Scholastic that their top issues were the economy, health care and the war in Afghanistan.

I’m working on a story about elections and the classroom and would love to chat with some students, teachers and parents. How do you handle politics in school? is it possible to balance learning about the election process with the vitriol of this political season?

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