Mock Primary Election Caps Off Barrack's Political Conference; Gov. Romney Wins with 54% of the Vote!
By B. Rosen
Barrack's Political Conference was capped off by a school-wide Mock Primary Election held on Jan. 17, four days before the actual GOP primary election in South Carolina. The result: a win for Governor Mitt Romney who garnered 54% of the vote. Congressman Ron Paul came in a distant second with 15% of the vote, followed by Governor Rick Perry, with 12%, Senator Rick Santorum, with 9%, and Newt Gingrich with 5%. Middle School students wrote in the name of Governor Gary Johnson who received 4% of the vote. The election concluded two weeks of proactive citizenship in action that included a GOP Presidential Primary Debate staged by students in the guise of the Republican candidates vying for their party’s presidential nomination, an exciting and informative Political Conference launched by a keynote address delivered by Representative Pat Meehan, all followed by a series of workshops led by distinguished guests from the realms of the media, politics, the law, and civil rights. The program was climaxed by the mock election. Every four years, during primary season, Barrack holds a conference or convention and a mock primary election to choose the presidential nominee of the party out of power in the White House. Barrack’s mock election results often predict the actual nominee of the party in question. Stay tuned to see what happens in the national primary elections. Kudos to all the students who organized, implemented and participated in these spirited and informative political events and to Dr. Minna Ziskind, History Department Chair and program adviser.