Honolulu, HI – The University of Hawaii at Manoa chapters of the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, together with the Politically Active Student Alliance (PASA) co-hosted a mock election this past Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center.
A public oral count and tally revealed that incumbent democratic candidate Barack Obama won the election, garnering 60.4% of the total vote. Unlike national polls, however, which showcase republican candidate Mitt Romney nearly neck and neck with Obama, the result of the UH election revealed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson as the runner up. Johnson secured about twice the amount of votes over Romney, besting the former Massachusetts governor 19.8% to 10.9%. The only female candidate on the State of Hawaii presidential ballot, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, finished fourth with 7.9% of the total vote.
When asked about what impression these results give about the mindset of college aged voters in Hawaii, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) secretary Sean Mitsui had this to say: “Most people understand politics to be between two parties, democrats or republicans, but these results suggest that when given the chance many voters judge for themselves to make decisions in support of a candidate closer to their own beliefs.” Supporting Mitsui’s assertion, the combined total for both third party candidates, Johnson and Stein, was 27.7%, more than a quarter of total votes cast.