Powell High School students hold mock presidential election

Powell High School students hold mock presidential election

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Tenth grade students in the AP government class had been planning the election for a month. Tenth grade students in the AP government class had been planning the election for a month.
"I didn't know about the electoral college before," said student Austin Fields. "I thought it was more of a popular vote." "I didn't know about the electoral college before," said student Austin Fields. "I thought it was more of a popular vote."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Students at Powell High School got into the presidential election spirit by holding a mock election Monday morning.

Tenth grade students in the AP government class had been planning the election for a month.

In only 15 minutes, almost 1,000 votes were cast. But things slowed down when it was time to count the votes.

"It's a lot closer than we expected," said student Katherine Whitehead.

"Alright guys, what you are going to do is add up how many Romney got for that state and how many Obama got for that state," instructed AP government teacher Paegan Turner.

Turner wanted this mock election to be as realistic as possible, not just a popularity vote.

"They took the school and divided into states, and so we have a map of the United States of Powell High School," said Turner. "We found out populations and we assigned electors to each state."

Even though the 10th graders cannot vote in the real election, most said they were excited about learning how the process works.

"I didn't know about the electoral college before," said student Austin Fields. "I thought it was more of a popular vote."

But they aren't too sure how similar their election will be to the national election Tuesday.

"It probably won't be very close at all compared to the national, since we living Tennessee and there will be a more majority vote for a certain party," said student Tori Lentz. 

The final results were announced on the intercom.

Mitt Romney won in the popular vote 610 to 357. In the mock Electoral College, Mitt Romney won 272 to 22.

There were also a couple of write-in candidates, including Mickey Mouse and Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum.

Two years ago the school held a mock gubernatorial election.

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