Monday, December 03, 2007

Clinton, Thompson Win First Presidential 'Primary'

4 Dec 2007 00:06 Africa/Lagos

Clinton, Thompson Win First Presidential 'Primary'

Nation's Social Studies Teachers Flex Voting Muscles and Choose '08 Contenders Pearson Sponsors Presidential Primary at National Council for the Social Studies Annual Event

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee are the top choices for the 2008 Democratic and Republican nominations for President of the United States, according to the nation's first Presidential "Primary" of voters at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in San Diego.

Sponsored by Pearson, more than 700 of the nation's social studies teachers flexed their voting muscles and put the principles they teach about every day into action by casting their votes.

Senator Clinton won her party's nod with 41.9% of the vote. Senator Thompson was the Republicans' top choice with 23.2% of the vote.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois came in second with 34% of the vote, followed by former U.S. Senator and 2004 Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards of North Carolina with 12.3%.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani came in second on the Republican side to Thompson with 20.5% of the vote. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was third at 18.9%, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona had 16.3% and 13.2% of the votes, respectively.

A complete list of the results follows at the end of this release.

Following the voting, teachers received a free Election 2008 kit full of ideas and activities designed to promote student learning about the United States' election process.

"All of us at Pearson have a strong appreciation for our nation's social studies teachers," said Michael Gee, Senior Vice President for Humanities and Social Sciences at Pearson School. "They have a direct impact on America's future-they lay the foundation for students' understanding of democracy. A social studies teacher's influence can motivate students to be active participants in society and fuel a lifelong appreciation and love for our country's founding principles."

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO) is the global leader in educational publishing, assessment, information and services, helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. For students preK-12, Pearson provides effective and innovative curriculum products in all available media, educational assessment and measurement for students and teachers, student information systems, and teacher professional development and certification programs. Our respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, SuccessMaker, Waterford, AGS, PowerSchool, Chancery SMS, SASI, Pearson Inform, and many others. Our comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.


Democratic Party
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 41.9%
Barack Obama: 34%
John Edwards: 12.3%
Dennis Kucinich: 6.2%
Bill Richardson: 2.9%
Joe Biden: 1.9%
Chris Dodd: 0.4%
Mike Gravel: 0.4%

Fred Thompson: 23.2%
Rudy Giuliani: 20.5%
Mike Huckabee: 18.9%
Mitt Romney: 16.3%
John McCain: 13.2%
Ron Paul: 5.8%
Duncan Hunter: 1.1%
Tom Tancredo: 1.1%

Source: Pearson

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