Students choose Barack Obama, Jay Inslee in mock election

November 13, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 13, 2012

Students statewide and in the Issaquah School District chose the same candidates as grown-up voters — Barack Obama for president and Jay Inslee for governor.

The exercise included 38,848 students statewide, including classes at Cascade Ridge Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Pine Lake Middle and Issaquah High schools in the Issaquah School District. The number of students participating statewide shattered the record for participation — about 18,000 students — set in 2008.

Students cast ballots online from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, and then Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office posted the results online. The results in the statewide Student Mock Election reflected the outcome in the real election, albeit with different margins.

Statewide, 69 percent of students selected Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over Republican challenger Mitt Romney and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. (The margin on the real vote for president in Washington: 56 percent for Obama, 42 percent for Romney.)

In the close race for governor, students picked Inslee by a wide margin over Republican Rob McKenna, 57 percent to 43 percent. (In reality, Inslee edged out McKenna, 51 percent to 49 percent.)

Students narrowly favored charter school Initiative 1240, 51 percent to 49 percent — the same margin as in the actual election. The marijuana legalization measure, Initiative 502, failed, 51 percent to 49 percent. (The actual measure passed overwhelmingly on Election Day.)

Students overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage Referendum 74, 67 percent to 33 percent.

Students in grades six to 12 votes with a longer ballot featuring the races for president, governor, initiatives 502 and 1240, and Referendum 74. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade voted on president, governor and I-1240.

“I’m really impressed with the huge increase in the number of students voting in this year’s mock election!” Reed said in a statement. “A big thank you to the teachers and students in our state for their participation in this year’s mock election. It’s important to promote civic engagement and informed future voters in our state, and the mock election is a great way to do that.”

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2 Responses to “Students choose Barack Obama, Jay Inslee in mock election”

  1. Charlie on November 13th, 2012 1:29 pm

    Not surprised. I did some contract work for the district that caused me to be in almost every classroom at every school and frankly speaking, the Democrat party should be paying rent at many of them. Jugding by the posters, quotations and historical timelines on the walls, politics started with Kennedy and ends with Obama. No mention of Reagan, the greatest in our time. Did see a poster of Bush and Cheney in a high school history classroom, they were being hung for war crimes.

  2. Dana Griffith on November 29th, 2012 9:52 am

    Interesting mock election results. As I discussed the election with my own elementary aged children, I have to admit I didn’t have to heart to share with them, yet, probably the best reason to vote against Barack Obama and many other Democratic candidates. I could only bring myself to give a vague outline: These candidates will not protect babies while they are in their mommies’ tummies. Had parents and teachers fully explained the brutal way in which tiny but perfect babies are extracted from the womb, including late term procedures wholeheartedly supported by our president, I imagine it would swing their votes. The raw innocence of a child, I’m sure, would recognize the evil that our culture has somehow normalized.

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