Washington High Schools Holds Mock Election

Washington High School teacher, Becky Herbst, says that of the four mock elections she has participated in since 2000, the students at Washington High School have chosen the general election winning candidate every time. That’s good news for Mitt Romney who won with a 53% vote to president Obama’s 35%. Without 3rd party and write in candidates considered, Romney won with a 60% to 40% vote. In the US Senate race, Todd Akin may be trailing in the polls, but pulled out a 48% win over Claire McCaskill’s 39%. Students did not strictly vote down party lines and chose Governor Jay Nixon with a 46% vote to Dave Spence’s 37%. Attorney General Chris Koster also won out against challenger Ed Martin 45% to 39%. In a show of youthful optimism, 81% of Washington’s 1,332 registered voters showed up on Election Day, a figure that could only be dreamed of for the November election. Franklin county clerk, Debby Door, who helped out at the school on Friday, says that the mock election used a lot of the same equipment that general election voters will be using on November 6th. While most of the thirteen to eighteen year old students at Washington High School will not be able to participate on Election Day, the social studies department, headed by Tom Haas, thinks that the mock election is a good way to establish responsible voting practices that will carry throughout the student’s lives. In the election of president/vice president the results were as follows; the Obama/Biden party, 377 votes were made, for Romney/Ryan 571 votes, Johnson/Gray received 57 votes, Goode/Clymer received 31, and 35 votes were given to write-ins. In the run for us senator, Cliare McCaskill received 405 votes Todd Akin received 571, Jonathan Dine received 107, and 18 votes were given to write-ins. In the running for governor, Jermeiah W. Nixon received 458 votes, Dave Spence received 366, Jim Higgens 139, and 19 votes were given to write-ins. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Susan Montee received 266 votes, peter Kinder received 547, Matthew Copple 104, Cynthia L Davis got 91 votes, and 21 votes were awarded to write-ins.

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