October 28, 2004

Students Back Republicans In Mock Election

The Young Republicans Group would be proud of the Scotland County junior high students. SCR-I seventh and eighth graders participated in a mock election last week in the social studies and U.S. history classes taught by Dave Boden and the Republican candidates faired very well.

The incumbents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney easily outdistanced the democratic challengers John Kerry and John Edwards by a vote of 65-17.

The race for U.S. senator was nearly as one-sided as incumbent Kit Bond beat democratic challenger Nancy Farmer by a final tally of 59-16.

The students favored the Republican ticket all the way down the line until the state representative race, where they favored former instructor Sam Berkowitz over incumbent Brian Munzlinger by a 43-35 margin.

Otherwise it was all Republicans with Matt Blunt winning the governor race over Claire McCaskill (55-19); Peter Kinder taking the Lt. Governor race from Bekki Cook (37-30); Catherine Hanaway winning the Secretary of State job over Robin Carnahan (41-33); Sarah Steelman for Treasurer over Mark Powell (42-31), Chris Byrd besting incumbent Attorney General Jay Nixon by a 43-25 margin; and Kenny Hulshof retaining his U.S. Representative job over Linda Jacobsen (42-31).

Partisanship was not nearly as prevalent at the local level where several Democrats won the mock election.

The students backed Democrats Shelley Small for Public Administrator (45-29 over Ellen Aylward) and Paul Campbell for Western District Commissioner (29-11 over Greta Slocum). There was a tie for east ward commissioner with Win Hill and Steve Kirkpatrick each receiving 19 votes. Incumbent Jim Ward retained the assessor job over Teresa Skinner (54-20) while sheriff Wayne Winn held off challengers Steve Snodgrass (Independent) and Mike Steeples (Democrat) by a final mark of 53-16-14.

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