Obama Wins By A Landslide - In Kids' Online Poll

Obama Wins By A Landslide - In Kids' Online Poll

Barack Obama has stormed to victory with 65% of the votes in an online election conducted by children's current affairs show Nick News.

The landslide victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney is notable as viewers of the show have picked the winner in five of the last six races for the White House.

"Obama won big," said Nick News presenter Linda Ellerbee, adding that she doubted whether Mr Romney's decision not to join in a Nick News election special a week ago swayed the outcome.

"In 2004, when John Kerry refused to participate in the show, the kids still elected Kerry," who went on to suffer defeat at the hands of George Bush, she said.

Obama took part in the special programme, answering questions submitted by viewers.

More than 521,000 votes were cast over the past week, a significant reduction in turnout "because Nickelodeon fixed it this time so you couldn't vote more than once".

Ms Ellerbee said there was no way to guarantee that everyone who voted was under the legal voting age of 18, but "it's safe to say the majority are kids", based on anecdotal evidence from previous years.

Opinion polls conducted before the third presidential debate suggested the two rivals were running neck-and-neck nationwide.