Scott: Welcome to a special edition of Channel One News!
Shelby: We are in the battleground state of Pennsylvania at Norristown High School. So make some noise, you guys!
Maggie: Now, it is finally time to find out how you – and you – voted in America’s largest mock election for teens, OneVote.
Scott: We will see who you think should be the next president of the United States! So what do you say, Eagles? Let’s get it started!
We are finally at the finish line of a long political marathon.
At the starting line a year ago, ten Republican men and women, all eager to take on President Barack Obama. These Republicans battled in debate after debate after debate until the GOP candidate was finally chosen.
Mitt Romney: I accept your nomination for president of the United States!
Scott: Then, it was Mitt Romney and Barack Obama neck and neck down the stretch, after three closely watched presidential debates.
President Obama: Every single day when I set foot in that oval office, I’m thinking about you.
Scott: And as the candidates ran, teens from all across the country – Channel One’s Team OneVote – told us what matters to them in this election.
Paul Sanchez: I support Barack Obama.
Connor Pfeiffer: We need to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Kailyn Allen: I think it’s really important for young people to be involved in politics because if we don’t have a voice and we don’t have a vote, then we essentially don’t matter.
Nayantan Bol: By getting involved in politics we can ensure a future that’s bright for both us, and for future generations to come.
Scott: And you have done your part by casting your votes. And today, we reveal the winner of our Channel One News mock election, OneVote 2012!
Now, did you know this is the fifth time we have held a OneVote election? And get this, you have actually predicted the election every time!
Shelby: So, a lot of people are interested in today’s results. But before we get to those, remember that even if a candidate wins the majority of votes, it doesn’t mean he’ll win the election.
Scott: That is because the United States uses the Electoral College system, instead of directly electing presidents, voters will actually select electors. And the different number of electors depends on the amount of population in those states. Here is how that works.
This is a normal-looking map of the United States. But when you size each state according to the electoral weight it carries, you get a very different picture. Each state has the same number of electoral votes as it does members of congress. That is why Montana nearly disappears and California more than doubles. So, which states you win can be more important than how many you win.
In the general election, there are 538 electoral votes at stake. A candidate needs to win at least 270 of those votes.
Shelby: Now, when one of the candidates wins a state in our OneVote election, it will turn one of two colors. Red for Republicans, Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Paul Ryan, or blue for Democrats, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Alright, we need the help of everyone here at Norristown High School to get those results. And we will break down the vote count region by region.
Scott: First up, I have got the Norristown High mascot here; the Eagle. And he has got the results from the Northeast region. Flying on in and flying on out. Alright. Here we go!
Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC and a big swing state in this election – and Norristown’s home state of Pennsylvania – all go for blue. That is President Obama.
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine all turn red for Governor Romney.
So, in our first set of results, we start off with a strong showing by President Obama. He gets a total of 100 electoral votes, compared to Romney’s 12.
Shelby: Alright, Maggie is up in the audience talking to some students. Maggie, what do they think?
Maggie: I am here with Daisha and Bret. Now Bret, tell us who you voted for and why?
Bret: I voted for Mitt Romney mainly because he knows what needs to be done to fix the economy. Obama had his shot. He had a pretty hard time telling me with a straight face we’re better off than we were four years ago.
Maggie: Alright. Thanks, Bret. Now Daisha, that is not who you are voting for, right?
Daisha: No, I’m voting for Obama because I feel like rights are important, and its seems like Obama wants to be for our rights and Mitt Romney wants to get rid of our rights.
Maggie: Thanks, guys.
Coming up, we are going to check back in with our Team OneVote to see what they have to say.
- How does the Electoral College work?
- Why do you think the Electoral College was created?
- How many Electoral College votes does each state receive?
- How has the Electoral College affected the strategies of both candidates?
- What is the magic number to win the presidential election?
Red and Blue States
- What are some of the common characteristics of the red states?
- What are some of the common characteristics of the blue states?
- What state in the Northeast was the most important for President Obama to win?
- Were you surprised that Mitt Romney did not carry the state where he was elected governor?