Barack Obama wins Nickelodeon kid’s election

Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick the President has accurately picked the next President of the United States four out of the last five elections, and this election year the kids picked Barack Obama. With a record number of votes, over 2.2 million, lodged on Nick’s internet voting, Obama edged out John McCain 51% to 49%.

Designed to empower kids and introduce them to the democratic process, Nickelodeon has held these Kid’s Picks since 1988 and hopes it increases the odds that kids will vote when they’re old enough.

On Monday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. (ET), Linda Ellerbee, the Emmy Award-winning host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News, announced the winner of the sixth Kids Pick the President “Kids’ Vote” on Nickelodeon.

Said Ellerbee, “It’s important to take note of who won the ‘Kids’ Vote,’ simply because so many kids vote the way their parents will. But what really counts is this: they participated in democracy. They voted. How can this be anything but good?”

The “Kids’ Vote” is the culmination of the network’s year-long Kids Pick the President campaign, which was conceived to educate and empower kids across the country. This year’s campaign kicked off in January with the first-ever “Kids’ Primary”, which resulted in kids accurately predicting Senators Obama and McCain to win their respective party tickets. Leading up to the Kids Pick the President online vote, Nick News aired four election-themed episodes including: “Kids Primary”; “Election Issues”; Tales from the Trail”; and “Kids Pick the President”. Additionally, this year Nickelodeon hit the campaign trail with its Election Connection Team-Lily Collins, Lil’ JJ and Pick Boy-providing kids with an insider’s look at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions through blogs, interstitial programming and PSAs.


I fully support any efforts that perpetuate voting! I think it’s a fantastic idea to introduce the process to children, giving them a voice, and teaching them how to fulfill their responsibilities as a citizen once they’re old enough. I’d venture to say that being given the opportunity to express themselves as children definitely does encourage them to express themselves as adults. I think I’ll be a little more tolerant of Nickelodeon the next time SpongeBob SquarePants is blaring from my TV.

In other campaign news, Barack Obama has cancelled his scheduled appearances on Thursday and Friday to go to Hawaii to be at the bedside of his grandmother who is reportedly very ill. Madelyn Dunham, Obama’s grandmother, who has been a very influential part of the candidates life, was recently released from the hospital but it’s widely believed that for Obama to take leave of the campaign trail things must be grave. The most the Obama campaign will say is that her condition is “very serious.” Obama will speak in Indianapolis on Thursday morning and head to Hawaii directly afterward and intends to be back to the scheduled dates on Saturday.

Picture note by Celebitchy: Here are some photos of Barack Obama, his running mate Joe Biden and their wives at the Democratic National Convention on 8/27 and 8/28/08. I also threw one in there of him swimming in Hawaii on 1/10/08 for good measure. Here are more photos of Obama shirtless. Credit: Fame Pictures

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  1. WTF?!?! says:

    Meanwhile, in Ohio, my nieces’ classes BOTH went for McCain. Nickelodeon also pimped JL Spears, hardly representative of American ANYTHING.
    It pains me to say it, but I think Obama’s in for a big surprise on election day. But I live in a blue state so that conclusion is foregone.

  2. texasmom says:

    Whee! We voted yesterday! Hooray! The 4th of July is over-rated, I love America the most on election day.

  3. Kaiser says:

    It’s always a good thing to get kids involved in political and social causes. Hurray for Nickelodeon!

    Sad about Obama’s grandmother. He calls her “Toot” btw.

  4. Bob says:

    No surprise. Kids are easily influenced by what the pop media tells them to do. Thankfully as people get older, they learn to think for themselves, and not just do what they think people want them to do.

  5. peachfish says:

    Wow…McCain has been airbrushed so much in that photo he hardly looks like himself!

  6. aleach says:

    ya, 8 year old kids def arent voting mccain, he looks (and acts) like a mean grandpa.
    ugh, if only nickelodeon was the final say…. :roll:

  7. Murmur says:

    Of course Ohio kids voted for McCain. They’re the state that had to have 4 more years of Bush.

    Thanks Ohio. Happy?

  8. Michelle says:

    To Bob: Its sad that you think children are that easily influenced, maybe your kids are. However, there are Intelligent kids, whom can think for themselves and don’t follow the crowd, that STILL want to vote for OBAMA. Don’t be upset that the future is about CHANGE and that a BLACK/WHITE AMERICAN will be making that change.

    Obama/Biden 2008!!…..Yes We Can…and Bob…YES WE WILL!

  9. daisy424 says:

    Michelle, what an incredibly rude thing to say about someone else’s kids. :roll:

  10. mr.america says:

    daisy424- What was rude about what Michelle said? Read her comment again, slowly this time. At no point did she insult ANYONE else’s kids.

  11. Amy says:

    I remember voting in the first Nick election! Bush vs Dukakis… ah, like yesterday. Back then, we called in the votes b/c the Interwebz didn’t exist. :)

    Bush Sr. won that Nick election, btw. Maybe we were all afraid of Dukakis’ eyebrows?

  12. Marie says:

    Kids also reflect what is heard at home and how their parents are voting. It’s not a surprise that the kids election has predicted the next president.

  13. Monique says:

    We live in Orlando, Florida and have not yet met anyone that will vote for McCain this year. I feel sorry for that lady that thinks that McCain will win this election. I believe the “Big Surprise” will be on her!!! No more of the same, where has it gotten us?? We are christian and my 6 kids are homeschooled. I have however thaught them to put People before morals. Meaning I would rather make sure that we ALL have decent health care, than to worry about whom can marry whom. Let’s stop thinking about ourselves and think about us ALL. For the first time in my life I hope to finally be able to say God Bless the president of the United States!!

  14. Mike says:

    Looks like the kids did a good job leading the way.

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  16. The polls show an even better chance of Republican victories, but most of those races have been only about 2% lead covering the democratic opponents. In different words, it’s not from the bag. There will often be a Republican gain, but nothing shows it as a proven landslide. This isn’t the 2+2=4 situation.