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Middle School Mock Vote Chooses Obama and Teaches About the Electoral College

The vote at Benicia Middle School was a bit more slanted toward Obama than the actual national vote but the outcome was the same.

On Tuesday November 6, eighth graders at Benicia Middle School got some practice in the fine art of electioneering and a practical lesson in differentiating between the popular vote and the electoral vote.  

Students were assigned to different states where they cast their vote for president with the state outcomes determining how the electoral votes would be cast.

While there was no smoky back room there was some wheeling and dealing going on as kids vied to become electors and earn the right to announce how their state’s electoral votes would be cast.

A candidate for president needs to 270 electoral votes in order to win the election.  Each state has as many electoral votes as it has members of congress. The students learned how a candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election.

“I think the electoral college should be disbanded,” said Aaron Franke.  “I think all votes should count equally.”  Franke’s opinion about the electoral college was shared by many of his classmates regardless of which candidate they preferred.

The voting produced a few surprises like Kansas and Oklahoma breaking for President Obama and Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island supporting Romney.

The biggest surprise though was when the 38 electoral votes from the State of Texas pushed President Obama over the magic 270 number.

The eighth graders in Benicia Middle School are now 1 for 1 in predicting who will be elected president.

Do you agree with a large number of eighth graders at Benicia Middle School that the country should do away with the electoral college?  Tell us in comments. 

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Benician November 12, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Livesay...yes I was off on the House, as Dem gains weren't as large as I predicted. Despite half a million more people voting for Dem reps than repub, redistricting was too big a hurdle to overcome. Now...what about you? You had Romney winning easily. You were horribly wrong, while I was off by only one state. You had the repubs gaining in the Senate. You were horribly wrong, while I was within two of perfection. You said Gallup and Rasmussen were the two most reliable national pollsters, yet they turned out to be the two most inaccurate pollsters of this cycle. You mocked my citing of Nate Silver as the best polling analyst in the biz, and he correctly called all 51 races, even correctly calling Florida as the most up in the air. Where's your mea culpa?
Robert Livesay November 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Benician I have already said I was wrong. Butthree out of five is not bad. I must admit I was way off. What elese would you ike me to say?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Can you say, " Bobby Richardson is the man and he is wise beyond his years"?
Robert Livesay November 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Big time NO.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Sorry to inform you Robert but this story is about the Benicia Middle School and just so happen not only its' Veteran day but also Opposite Day!!! I salute you for that!!!

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