Students choose Barack Obama, Jay Inslee in mock election

November 27, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

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.

On the Web

See a school-by-school breakdown of how students voted in the Issaquah School District and statewide in the Secretary of State’s Office Student Mock Election at mock/results.aspx.

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 voted with a longer ballot featuring the races for president, governor, initiatives 502 and 1240, and R-74. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade voted on president, governor and I-1240.

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