Middle, High School participate in Mock Election
by Hawkins Teague
Nov 07, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although Steve Beshear was widely projected to win in Kentucky’s gubernatorial election, middle and high school students voted differently in a mock election. In the mock election, sponsored by the Secretary of State’s office, Gov. Ernie Fletcher beat Beshear by more than eight points. However, at Trigg County Middle School, the results were markedly different from their peers across the state.

A total of 398 TCMS students voted in the mock election, but many of the children opted out of some of the races, said Deputy Secretary of State Les Fugate. A total of 363 students voted in the governor’s race. Beshear narrowly came out on top with 188 votes (51.79 percent) to Fletcher’s 175 votes (48.21 percent). State mock election results showed Fletcher beating Beshear with 54.09 percent of the vote to Beshear’s 45.91 percent.

In the Secretary of State’s race, a total of 343 TCMS students voted. 177 students voted for Republican incumbent Trey Grayson (51.60 percent), while 166 (48.40 percent) voted for the Democratic challenger, Bruce Hendrickson. Though the percentages were different, the wins reflected the state results, with Grayson getting 55.93 percent of the vote, compared with 44.07 percent for Hendrickson.

A total of 352 TCMS students voted for attorney general. 181 (51.42 percent) voted for Republican Stan Lee and 171 (48.58 percent) voted for Democrat Jack Conway. The state results showed a much wider margin, with 54.39 percent of the vote going to Lee and 45.61 percent going to Conway.

343 TCMS students voted in the Auditor of Public Accounts race. Republican Linda Greenwell was the victor with 208 votes (60.64 percent), while Democratic incumbent Crit Luallen received 135 votes (39.36 percent). Statewide, Greenwell got 59.29 percent of the vote and Luallen received 40.70 percent.

A total of 356 TCMS students voted for state treasurer. 179 (50.28 percent)voted for Republican Melinda Wheeler, and 177 (49.72 percent) voted for Democrat Todd Hollenbach. These were the same winners as in the state mock election, Wheeler receiving 53.47 percent of the student vote and Hollenbach receiving 46.13 percent.

348 TCMS students voted for Commissioner of Agriculture. Democrat David Lynn Williams got 175 votes (50.29 percent) faring slightly better than Republican incumbent Richie Farmer’s 173 votes (49.71 percent). This was the most startlingly different Trigg County result compared with the other state schools. In that race, Farmer easily beat Williams with 61.41 percent, compared with 38.59 percent.

Fugate said that about 10,000 students at 85 different middle and high schools participated in the mock election. He said there were slightly more middle schools participating, but that it was not a huge difference. He said he was surprised that the results of the mock election were so different from that reflected in opinion polls.

“How students vote in mock elections generally reflect what their parents are saying (about who they’ll vote for),” Fugate said. “I’m not sure what the explanation is. Either parents are saying something different for how they plan to vote, or their kids are voting differently from them.”

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