Local Politics

Barack Obama wins big on Wake kids ballot

Posted May 6, 2008 9:14 p.m. EDT
Updated May 6, 2008 9:16 p.m. EDT

— The federal voting age may be 18, but thousands of Wake County students cast ballots and were counted as part of Kids Voting USA.

Among the 6,704 total participants in grades K-12, 79 percent chose to vote on the Democratic ballot.

Students voted online for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, governor and lieutenant governor.

Sen. Barack Obama was the big winner among the students who selected a Democratic ballot. He garnered 75 percent of the vote to Sen. Hillary Clinton's 25 percent.

In the gubernatorial race, the student selected Richard Moore (47 percent) in the Democratic race and Fred Smith as their Republican nominee. Democrat Walter Dalton (42 percent) and Republican Robert Pittenger (28 percent) got the lieutenant governor nods.