Thursday, April 19, 2007

Students prefer Miller-Maze

This is awesome news and it further proves to show that Jonathan Miller gets it!
Students at Kentucky’s public universities have made their choices known for their preferred nominees in the 2007 Kentucky Gubernatorial primary. Students mirrored current media polls across the state showing tight races in both the Republican and Democratic primaries with the slates headed by Governor Ernie Fletcher and Treasurer Jonathan Miller winning each primary, respectively. The mock election was sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State Trey Grayson as part of the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK).

“We were delighted that so many students took time out of their busy college schedules to participate in the mock election, register to vote, and learn more about absentee voting,” remarked Secretary Grayson. “We hope that this will begin a lifelong commitment to voting among these young people.”[...]

Republican Primary:
Ernie Fletcher/Robbie Rudolph - 44.6%
Billy Harper/Dick Wilson – 15.1%
Anne Northup/Jeff Hoover – 40.3%

Democratic Primary:
Steven Beshear/Daniel Mongiardo – 15.2%
Gatewood Galbraith/Mark Wireman – 9.3%
Stephen Henry/Renee True – 7.1%
Otis “Bullman” Hensley/Richard Robbins – 7.6%
William Bruce Lunsford/Gregory Stumbo – 9.3%
Jonathan Miller/Irv Maze – 35.0%
Jody Richards/John Y. Brown, III – 16.4%

Under Kentucky law, there would be a primary runoff election in the Democratic party because the top candidate failed to garner forty percent of the vote. Thus, in this mock primary, Treasurer Jonathan Miller’s slate and Speaker Jody Richards’s slate would face another election to determine the Democratic Party nominee. Due to the short time frame before many universities’ final examination period, the Office of the Secretary of State will not be conducting a runoff election on the respective college campuses. Governor Ernie Fletcher’s slate would be the Republican nominees for the general election because his slate received over forty percent of the vote and received the most votes.

Seven universities participated in the mock primary tour: Kentucky State University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. The Office of the Secretary of State partnered with the Student Government Associations, College Democrats, and College Republicans on each campus to publicize the event. Over 750 students participated.

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