NEWPORT NEWS, VA: Team Romney was in damage control mode after losing what he viewed a "key polling of young voters" that some felt would predict Virginia's electoral result in November.
2nd graders at Newport News Elementary School voted for Barack Obama by a 2 to 1 margin in a mock poll that the school held yesterday afternoon. While Obama was expected to win this poll, the percentage of votes that he was predicted to win was, at most, 56%. The actual outcome was 10 percentage points higher.
When asked why they voted for one candidate or the other, voters cited a broad range of topics, from the unemployment rate, to the slow recovery of the housing market, to same sex marriage.
Jimmy McMillan told the press, "I voted for Obama because if babies weren't allowed to be born, mommy won't give me any more sisters."
Sandra Conners was more concerned with the images that the two candidates were presenting. She said, "I saw Obama wearing a cape in a video once, so I voted for him, because I like capes."
Many political analysts say that this recent poll was critical to the candidate's success in the general election. Already, team Romney is in the middle of crisis mode, having released two ads in the past twelve hours. One of these ads attacked the children's views on marriage, saying "If Obama stays in Washington, Daddy won't love Mommy anymore." The other ad suggested that under a Romney presidency, college would be affordable for more of the population.
Romney's campaign spokesman has also promised to sponsor recess in that school for two weeks.
Meanwhile, Obama stated earlier that he was "pleased" with the result and "confident that the young people of this great country were committed to a plan that ensured the well-being of the entire generation."