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Obama wins easily among magazine's staff

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

You've probably read somewhere that journalists favor Barack Obama for president by an overwhelming margin.

In my experience, that's largely true.

But I was still startled when Slate magazine polled its staff members on which candidate each person was voting for. The final tally: 55 for Obama, one vote for John McCain and one vote for Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate.

Reason Magazine, a libertarian monthly, polled its staffers, and many of them endorsed Obama, too. The Web site didn't post an official tally, and several folks offered more than one answer, so in compiling my own informal tally I had to make some judgment calls. As best I could tell, there were 13 votes for Obama, 9 for Barr, 7 votes in favor of not voting or "none of the above," four for McCain, two for no answer, one for "anybody but McCain/Palin" (from TV star Drew Carey, a Cleveland native) and one answer I found impossible to classify.

Here at the Register, nearly every reporter seems to favor Obama.

Full disclosure: I am registered to vote in Cuyahoga County. I voted for Republicans in nearly every local race (I think the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party is drunk with power) and scattered my votes among the other parties in the other races. I prefer Obama to McCain, but voted for Barr.

In other election news, the rock group Wilco is giving away a free song, a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," with help from another band called the Fleet Foxes. It's worth downloading. To get the track, you have to promise to vote. Here is the link.

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