November 15, 2012

Maine students pick Obama, King in mock election

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Barack Obama and Angus King were among the winners in a mock election that tallied votes from more than 40,000 students across Maine.

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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine. Add this to your set of Election Day unknowns: Control of the United States Senate could conceivably come down to King who has resolutely refused to say which party he�d side with if voters send him to Washington. While it�s commonly accepted that King, a former Democrat who supports President Barack Obama, would align with Democrats, he has refused to say. That�s generated suspense and, in theory, could translate to power for King if the Senate ends up close to a 50/50 split. If one party ends up with a decisive majority, King may end up with less leverage than he hopes. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)


The Maine secretary of state's office, which ran the mock election and released the results Wednesday, said President Obama was the choice of 61 percent of the student voters. Republican challenger Mitt Romney got 34 percent of the votes.

In the U.S. Senate race, independent Angus King got 43 percent of the vote; Republican Charlie Summers got 24 percent and Democrat Cynthia Dill received about 20 percent.

More than 67 percent of the students voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

The student choices in the mock election matched the results of last Thursday's general election.

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