March 6, 2012
The University of Virginia Center for Politics’ Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) held its first-ever Super Student Day Mock Election leading up to the 2012 Super Tuesday primaries. Students from across the nation participated, contributing their opinions and voices before registered voters went to the polls on Super Tuesday.
Mock election polls opened on March 1 and remained open though March 5. The YLI Super Student Day Mock Election ballot included the Republican candidate for president and a race between the eventual Republican candidate and President Obama.
Of the almost 10,000 votes cast across 37 states, Mitt Romney won the Super Student Primary with 29 percent of the vote. Ron Paul was second with 20 percent and Rick Santorum was third with 13 percent.
"Voting is the first step of citizenship. It is the most basic step that we have and we're hoping that the excitement that we generate by having students participate in things like the Super Student Mock Election, is that they'll be engaged to do more," said Meg Heubeck, Director of YLI.
As for the general election, 43 percent of students said that they would vote for the Republican candidate while 40 percent said they would support President Obama.
YLI will hold its National Mock Election in October during the lead-up to the 2012 national elections.