How We Measure Up
On Friday, November 2, 2012, the Lakewood High School Social Studies Department, led by Advanced Placement Government teacher Ron Lewis, held it’s mock election to encourage democratic minds and good citizenship in its students.
In a rather landslide victory, the Democratic Party, led by President Barack Obama, took all three possible offices in our mock election.
Obama won the popular vote in the United States by 1%, earning 48% overall. At LHS, he had 77% of the vote, a landslide compared to Mitt Romney’s 12% at LHS. Nationally, Romney garnered 47% of the popular vote.
Third parties also came in all guns blazing, as Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Virgil Goode, the main third party candidates, scored almost 5% of the nationwide popular vote. An LHS, 4.38% of the vote went to the third party candidates with an additional 3.38% being write-ins.
In the very important race for the U.S. Senate seat, both Lakewood High School students and the people of Ohio elected to retain Senator Sherrod Brown in his seat. LHS did that by 63% voting for him, and the people of Ohio by 50% of the votes going to him.
Ohio Treasurer and Iraq combat veteran Josh Mandel was defeated in the LHS mock election by receiving 23% of the vote, and 45% of the Ohio popular vote. Scott A. Rupert, the independent candidate, received 8% of the LHS vote, and 5% of the popular vote across the state.
In the largest victory margin of the night, Mary Kaptur, replacing Dennis Kucinich in Ohio District 9 in the Federal House of Representatives won the federal popular vote, earning 73% of the vote. She won the LHS election with 65% of the vote. Samuel Wurzelbacher, or “Joe the Plumber” scored 23% of the district’s popular vote, and only 16% of the LHS mock election vote.