UPDATE: Fort Worth school district officials released the outcome of student voting in the National Student Mock Election.
Fort Worth ISD students who cast ballots in the program joined their statewide peers in supporting President Barack Obama's re-election bid. Participating students represented a very small percentage of the school district's student body of 80,000 children. Here are some FWISD photos from the Seminary Hills Park Elementary School mock election.
The Fort Worth district results:
- Barack Obama: 1,096 votes, 80 percent
- Mitt Romney: 172 votes, 12.5 percent
- Gary Johnson: 52 votes, 3.7 percent
- Jill Stein: 53 votes, 3.8 percent
Students participating in the National Student Mock Election project to learn about the democratic process chose Barack Obama to win a second term as U.S president.
Results were released late Tuesday, after the voting period was extended after super storm Sandy closed some schools on the east coast.
Results posted on the organization's website show that Obama, a Democrat, won 460 electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney's 78 electoral votes in the student election. The winner needed 270. In the general election on Tuesday, Obama won 303 electoral votes. Romney won 206, which included all 38 electoral votes from Texas.
Among Texas students participating in the mock election, Obama won 70.7 percent of the vote over Romney's 26.8 percent. In the general election, Romney prevailed in Texas, taking 57.2 percent of the vote to Obama's 41.4 percent.
In mock election results for Texas a race for the U.S. senate, Republican Ted Cruz took 42.8 percent of the student vote to Democrat Paul Sadler's 37.9 percent.
Texas students identified the economy as the most important issue in the election followed by health care. Issues were:
- Economy: 35 percent
- Education: 16.4 percent
- Energy: 4.1 percent
- Environment: 10 percent
- Health care: 18.8 percent
- National debt: 15.6 percent