2/15/2008

Rock the Vote

The US presidential campaign--or the current run to obtain each party's respective nomination--is pretty heated and will surely have a historic outcome, with the presence of a woman and an African-American vying for the nomination, each of whom have a very good chance of becoming the next leader of the country. As pertains to "5" we're curious to know who's supporting who. This is what we found out.

As expected, support for the Democrats among musicians is more prevalent. Sen. Hillary Clinton's got Madonna, 50 Cent, Carly Simon, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge and Carole King in her corner, while The Arcade Fire, Joanna Newsom, Will Smith, Babyface, Harry Connick Jr., Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Ne-Yo, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, and the surviving members of the Grateful Dead support Sen. Barack Obama.
Among the Republicans, Arizona senator John McCain can count on songwriting legend Burt Bacharach and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's got rowdy rocker Ted Nugent--and of course, Chuck Norris'--vote.
Finally, in the surprising-but-not-really category, Krist Novoselic is endorsing Republican hopeful Ron Paul, whose strong libertarian stripe surely caught the attention of the one-time political activist and former Nirvana bassist.

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