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Kids vote has Obama as winner
Librarian Amy Hamilton talks to Dana Mason’s second-grade class inside the media center at the Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School before the students vote during a mock presidential election Monday. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Click here for video: Watch Amy Hamilton, media specialist at Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, guide Fair Street fifth-graders through a national online kids' election voting process.

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If kids vote like their parents, then Barack Obama is likely to take the White House in January.

According to a national kindergarten through sixth-grade online student election conducted by Studies Weekly Monday, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama swept the polls Monday as kids cast their ballots at schools from Georgia to Alaska.

More than 600 students at Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School participated in the national Studies Weekly kids’ vote.

As of Monday afternoon, about 16,000 Georgia students voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, while nearly 22,000 voted for Obama.

Nationally in the kids’ vote, Obama carried 40 states by Monday afternoon, including swing states Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New Mexico. McCain carried 10 states, most of which were marginal wins, save for Oklahoma and Utah.

Kendall Thompson, a media clerk at Fair Street, said the on-line mock election allowed students to engage in the electoral process and provided teachers a setting in which to teach students about what may be the most important presidential election of their lives.

"It’s nice to give them a voice and let them know they’re heard," Thompson said. "Hopefully they will go home and inspire their parents to get out there and vote (Tuesday) no matter how long the line is."

At Fair Street, it looked as if Obama was the victor.

Jasmine Adams, a Fair Street fifth-grader, said the mock election Monday was her first chance to vote for a presidential candidate.

"Almost everybody in the whole class wanted to vote for Barack Obama," she said. "It’s good for kids to vote because they can express their own mind for which (candidate) they want to vote for."

Janelle Stone, a Fair Street fifth-grader, said she was excited about voting at school so that when she’s older, she’ll have a good idea about what to do at the real polls. Stone said she voted for Obama.

"I hope (Obama) wins because he gives children faith," she said.

Stone and Adams agreed their parents’ political views influenced their vote.

While Obama claimed victory at Fair Street, a mock presidential election at Friendship Elementary Monday put John McCain on top.

According to Tony Lancaster, a teacher for gifted students at Friendship Elementary, 431 of the school’s students voted for McCain and 180 voted for Obama. She said student representative elections also were held Monday.

Numerous schools in Gainesville and Hall County will host mock presidential elections today as registered voters take to the polls to elect the 44th president of the United States.