From the New York Daily News:
Who needs pollsters when you’ve got St. Fidelis School?
Since the College Point elementary school students began holding mock elections in 1992, they have correctly predicted the winners of the last four presidential elections.
And this time, the kids have cast their ballots for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
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Over the last month, the Catholic school on 14th Ave., has held mock Democratic and Republican conventions and a presidential debate. The school even held a voter registration drive for its first- through eighth-graders in preparation for their Election Day.
Obama captured the popular vote with 110 votes to GOP candidate John McCain’s 72. Obama also swept the school’s electoral college – 48 to 9.
[…] St. Fidelis has a reputation for picking winners.
Silvestri attributes it to the neighborhood. She said College Point, which is predominantly blue-collar, more closely resembles middle America than some parts of New York City.
“You could probably pick us up and put us in Ohio,” she said.
However, even [social studies teacher Diana] Silvestri was spooked by the school’s 2000 election results.
“Al Gore won the popular vote, but George W. Bush won the electoral vote by one vote,” Silvestri said.