When I was in 4th grade, a bunch of my friends started a "Gary Hart Fan Club" after he won the New Hampshire primary. I remember joining it myself, even though my parents were for Mondale. Peer pressure is a powerful force.
While thinking about the old, 4th grade Gary Hart Fan Club Last night at a family reunion. I polled my niece and all cousins who are in 4th, 5th or through 6th grade to see who they were supporting for President. Every single one of them said Obama, including all the girls. And this was in Western / Central New York.
This strikes me as significant, since children of that age are a pretty good weathervane for popular culture. While it may be a small sample size, if the 11 year old set in suburban Western New York is trending Obama, that is a pretty strong indication of who has the momentum right now.
Thanks to Claudia, Erika, Danny, and Jacob for helping me with this piece. There is a very cute accompanying video that I will try to post soon.