2018 Mock Election Results

vote.jpgSeaholm students voted in the media center for major state and federal offices and three proposals. (Photo by Asher Leukhardt)

October 24, 2018

In Seaholm’s mock elections, which are run by AP Government teacher Barbara Harte and her students, 870 students and faculty voted in the school’s first ever quasi-midterm. In the vote, students and staff demonstrated their preference in the gubernatorial, attorney general and U.S. Senate races, along with three ballot proposals in the continuance of a Seaholm practice dating back to the 1970s when the first presidential mock election was held. Students voted at a rate of 59.88%, nearly 20% higher than Michigan’s turnout in the 2014 midterms. Harte says that Seaholm has long been a herald of the actual results, and has correctly predicting the results of presidential elections since its start. In a year of political tumult fueled by contempt for the Trump Administration and an intense supreme court confirmation battle, the results are sure to be difficult to prophesy. 

Here are the results:

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Governor and Lieutenant Governor:

Winner: Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin D. Gilchrist II

Republicans Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons- 38.74% (337 votes)

Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin D. Gilchrist II- 47.36% (412 votes)

Michigan Attorney General:

Winner: Dana Nessel

Tom Leonard- 38.28% (333 votes)

Dana Nessel- 43.21% (376 votes)

U.S. Senate: 

Winner: Debbie Stabenow (D)

John James (R)- 40.69% (354 votes)

Debbie Stabenow (D)- 45.40% (395 votes)

Proposal 1- Recreational Legalization of Marijuana:

Hypothetically Passed: YES

Yes- 71.72% (624 votes)

No- 28.16% (245 votes)

Proposal 2- Anti-Gerrymandering District-Drawing Committee:

Hypothetically Passed: YES

Yes- 67.47% (587 votes)

No- 30.00% (261 votes)

Proposal 3- Easier Voter Registration and Straight Voting:

Hypothetically Passed: YES

Yes- 77.59% (675 votes)

No- 20.00% (174 votes)

Turnout Analysis:

Seniors- 236 votes (71.73%)

Juniors- 180 votes (52.33%)

Sophomores- 239 votes (64.95%)

Freshmen- 129 votes (38.51%)

Total Students- 870 votes/1376 students (59.88%)

Staff- 46 votes

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