Wharton is the winner of Children's Museum faux election

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton is the winner of the The Children's Museum of Memphis's 2009 Children's Choice special election.

Wharton walked away with 45 percent of the vote in the faux mayoral election among 235 children.

Pro wrestler Jerry Lawler came in second with 17 percent, while former County Commissioner John Willingham came in third with 11 percent. Former City Council woman Carol Chumney and Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery tied for fourth with 6 percent.

Every four years the Children's Museum surveys kids about their choice for U.S. president and Children's Museum communications director Randy McKeel said this year they decided to do something similar for Memphis mayor. The candidates were invited to spend Saturday "campaigning" with the kids. As the afternoon drew to a close, the kids were invited to cast their vote.

Clearly this poll is far from scientific, but it's interesting that Wharton won with 45 percent, a result mirroring that of a semi-recent poll by The Commercial Appeal and WREG-TV Channel 3.

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