October 27, 2008

Obama Wins in Newseum Mock Election

Visitors select their choice for president. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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Visitors select their choice for president. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

Casting a vote during the mock election. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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Casting a vote during the mock election. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

Showing support through self-made posters and bumper stickers. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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Showing support through self-made posters and bumper stickers. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) demonstrates his skills. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) demonstrates his skills. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

KAL and a guest show off his caricature of Gov. Sarah Palin. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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KAL and a guest show off his caricature of Gov. Sarah Palin. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

KAL teaches a class in editorial cartooning. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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KAL teaches a class in editorial cartooning. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

NBC4 reporter James Adams reads a story to young visitors. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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NBC4 reporter James Adams reads a story to young visitors. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

President Abraham Lincoln demonstrates his oratorical skills. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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President Abraham Lincoln demonstrates his oratorical skills. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

President Thomas Jefferson speaks to the crowd. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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President Thomas Jefferson speaks to the crowd. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

Young visitors discover a clue during the News Hound scavenger hunt. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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Young visitors discover a clue during the News Hound scavenger hunt. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

The first 100 kids admitted received a hat to decorate. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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The first 100 kids admitted received a hat to decorate. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

Teams compete in the Newsmania quiz show hosted by the Newseum’s Sonya Gavankar. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)
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Teams compete in the Newsmania quiz show hosted by the Newseum’s Sonya Gavankar. (Mike Olliver/Newseum)

WASHINGTON — If kids could vote, Sen. Barack Obama would be their choice for president.

The Democratic nominee received 73 percent of the vote over Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, in a kids-only mock election that was held Oct. 25, 2008, at the Newseum.

Nearly 4,000 visitors took part in all-day Family Day events that explored the press and the presidency.

In addition to the mock election, visitors participated in a scavenger hunt, created their own campaign bumper stickers and buttons, listened to presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, and watched award-winning Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher draw political figures.

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