Obama wins Norton, Irby elementary schools

Students at Norton Elementary School participate in a mock presidential election Tuesday.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:12 p.m.

The ballots have been cast and counted. Projections and early polls don't matter anymore.

The students of Norton and Irby public elementary schools in Alachua County have spoken.

The schools held mock elections to pick the next president, and both elected Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

At Irby, the whole school participated. Obama received 298 votes, or 59 percent. Republican challenger Mitt Romney garnered 204, or 41 percent.

Obama more handily won at Norton, where he had the support of 171 voters, or 71 percent. Romney captured 60 votes, or 25 percent. Third party candidates did see some support, though, with Gary Johnson receiving six votes, Jill Stein getting three and even Roseanne Barr snagging a vote.

It should be noted that Mrs. Ford, a teacher at Norton, also received a vote.

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