Obama wins high school mock election in Champaign County
URBANA— If the high school students of Champaign County have their way, Barack Obama will serve another term as president.
More than 3,000 county high school students cast ballots this week in a mock election organized by the high schools, the county clerk's office and the League of Women Voters.
The event gave students, most of whom aren't old enough to vote in November, an opportunity to experience an election.
Obama won the overall election over Mitt Romney 1,833 to 1,018.
Obama prevailed in four "blue" high schools: Champaign Central, Champaign Centennial, Rantoul and Urbana, while Romney won four "red" high schools: Fisher, Heritage, Mahomet-Seymour and St. Joseph-Ogden.
"It will be interesting to see if the same candidates win those communities on election night," said Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, whose office provided ballots, voting booths, voting tabulators, "I voted" stickers and other items used in the voting process.
"This is the biggest mock election we've ever done," Hulten said.
Meanwhile, volunteers from the League of Women Voters provided election judges.
"We wanted to make sure the voting experience is as similar as possible to a real voting experience," Hulten said. "We wanted to show them how easy voting is and how important it is to vote."
In other races, Democrat David Gill defeated Republican Rodney Davis for Congress in the 13th Congressional District 1,184 to 460, while Republican John Shimkus defeated Democrat Angela Michael in the 15th Congressional District 667 to 417.
Mike Frerichs defeated John Bambenek 1,463 to 501 in the 52nd District State Senate race, Naomi Jakobsson topped Robert Meister 1,375 to 470 in the 103rd District House race, and Chad Hays defeated Michael Langendorf 68 to 52 in the 104th District House race.
"The teachers who helped us coordinate the election did a great job," Hulten said. "It was great seeing all the enthusiasm for voting."