MOCK ELECTION - Ore. high school students favor Obama

By Dick Mason, The Observer November 05, 2012 02:53 pm

LHS students among 11,600 high schoolers voting in mock election put on by League of Women Voters of Oregon

La Grande High School students support President Barack Obama in his race against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, but not as strongly as their counterparts across the state.

This is the conclusion one can draw from the results of the recent Oregon Student Mock Election involving students in Josh White’s American government classes at LHS and about 11,600 high school students throughout the state. 

The results reveal that 51 percent of the 52 LHS students casting ballots for president chose Obama, 38 percent voted for Romney and 7 percent chose Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Statewide, 61 percent of the students voting picked Obama, 31 percent chose Romney and 2 percent cast ballots for Johnson.

The mock election, put on by the League of Women Voters of Oregon, also indicates that the LHS voters are strong supporters of Ballot Measure 80, which would allow personal marijuana, hemp cultivation and use without license. Of those voting on the marijuana ballot measure 61 percent voted yes and 39 percent voted no. Statewide, 52 percent voted yes for BM 80 and 48 percent voted no.

The results also show that LHS students are fans of Republican incumbent Congressman Greg Walden, who is in a race against Democratic challenger Joyce Seger. Sixty-six percent of the LHS students voting supported Walden, while 30 percent cast ballots for Seger. 

Statewide, students supported Walker over Seger, 55 to 36 percent.

One area where LHS voters differed dramatically in from student voters across the state in the mock election is the race for secretary of state. LHS students voted for challenger Knute Buehler, a Republican, over incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, 50 to 34 percent. Statewide, mock election voters supported Brown over Buehler by a 51 to 25 percent margin.