Chants of "Joe the plumber" and "socialist" haven't had much impact on Keys youths, who this past week gave Barack Obama a more than 2:1 win over John McCain in the National Student/Parent Mock Election.
More than 5,900 Keys students from kindergarten to the 12th grade cast ballots in the vote, which nationally has predicted the eventual presidential winner in at least the past three elections.
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According to an MSNBC.com report, 2.6 million votes had been counted nationally through Thursday evening with the Democrats Sens. Obama and Joe Biden at 62.1 percent of the vote and 34.2 percent for Republicans Sen. McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin. Independent Ralph Nader was third with 1.3 percent.
In the Keys, Obama led with 69.7 percent (4,142 votes), followed by McCain at 27.4 percent (1,627), Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney at 1.6 percent (96) and Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr at 1.3 percent (77).
Obama led Florida in the mock election with 63.2 percent of the vote. However, Jeanne Sanford, Monroe County School District's history and social science specialist, said Keys students tend to lean Democratic.
"It seems like our county's results were a little high for Obama," Sanford said. "2004 was not predictive [by Keys students]. Kerry was at 56 percent, Bush at 41."
Students at Glynn Archer Elementary School in Key West pulled hardest for Obama at 84 percent of the vote. Treasure Village Montessori Charter School students were the only ones who favored McCain, at 50.3 percent to Obama's 47.6 percent.