Students Select New U.S. President in Mock Election
October 20, 2008
Two hundred and forty four students participated in the election, casting 128 votes for Obama and 110 for Republican Presidential Candidate, U.S. Senator John McCain. Receiving one write-in vote each were Ron Paul, Hillary Clinton, Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Stephen Colbert and Dr. Ken Clapp (Catawba's Senior Vice President, Director of the Lilly Center and Chaplain).
The Mock Presidential Election, sponsored by Catawba's Political Science Association (a student organization) coincided with the advent of early voting across North Carolina. Its results offer a microscopic glance at the preference pivotal 18-25 year old voters have for each candidate.
President of Catawba's Political Science Association, senior Megan Spidell of Salisbury, said that voting in the mock presidential election "indicates that student interest in America's future is a lot higher than I anticipated. It also surprised me how many people said they were affiliated with one party while voting for the other party's candidate."
Spidell said her organization also tried to capture party affiliations of those casting mock presidential ballots with varying degrees of success. 'Not everyone who voted designated a party affiliation, so the numbers casting ballots don't match the numbers we gathered for the party affiliations," she said. Those voting who did designate party affiliations included 77 Republicans, 74 Democrats, 52 Independents and one Libertarian.
The Mock Presidential Election was held in the Leonard Lounge of Cannon Student Center on campus and the polls were manned by members of the Political Science Association. Red, white and blue ballots were used along with former homecoming decorations on the table and ballot box, Spidell explained, "So the economy was helped due to lack of expenditures."
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