UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect additional student ballots received Thursday morning. The additional ballots did not affect the winners of any race or referendum.
If it were up to the roughly 14,700 students from across the state who participated in this year’s mock election, Republican Gov. Paul LePage would be sent back to the Blaine House for another four years.
According to results tallied Wednesday evening, 38.8 percent of students chose the incumbent governor, while 35.7 percent chose his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Independent Eliot Cutler drew the support of 25.2 percent of the students.
Students have proven surprisingly prescient over decades of gubernatorial year mock elections, which are organized by the Office of the Secretary of State.
In 2010, LePage edged Cutler with 28 percent support in the mock election, compared to the independent’s 27 percent. Then-Senate President Libby Mitchell, a Vassalboro Democrat, received 24 percent, while independents Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott received 13 and 7 percent, respectively.
Students in 2006 and 2002 chose Democrat John Baldacci, who also went on to win on the first Tuesday in November. According to BDN archives, students also accurately predicted wins for independent Gov. Angus King in 1994 and 1998, and Republican John McKernan in 1990.
This year, student ballots were tallied Wednesday at the Augusta Armory. More than 125 schools participated in the mock election, according to a spokeswoman from the Secretary of State’s office. Elementary, middle and high school students all participated.
Here are the results from other races and referendums decided by the students. (Note that all six general bond issues passed resoundingly).
- Shenna Bellows, Democrats — 39.1 percent
- Susan Collins, Republican — 70 percent
- Write-in — 0.8 percent
1st Congressional District
- Isaac Misiuk, Republican — 27.9 percent
- Richard Murphy, Independent — 33.7 percent
- Chellie Pingree, Democrat — 38.3 percent
- Write-in — 0.1 percent
2nd Congressional District
- Emily Cain, Democrat — 41 percent
- Bruce Poliquin, Republican — 35.9 percent
- Blaine Richardson, Independent — 22.4 percent
- Write-in — 0.7 percent
Question 1: Support for ban on baiting, hounding and trapping bears
- Yes — 46.7 percent
- No — 53.3 percent