Maine students participated in a mock election this week, and picked Joe Biden as their Presidential choice.

Maine's Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says it's a way to teach young people about how elections work, so they can better understand it in a few years, when they're participating in the voting process. Students from 92 Maine schools took part in the mock election earlier this month, voting for their choices for the offices of U.S. President, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senate. The results were tallied in Augusta on Wednesday.

This year's winner for the District 1 U.S. Representative to Congress seat was Chellie Pingree. Jared Golden took the District 2 U.S Representative for Congress seat, and Sara Gideon won in the U.S. Senate Race. For the U.S. Presidential race, 50% of students chose Joe Biden. The results were as follows:

President and Vice-President

  • Joseph Biden              50.0%
  • Roque De La Fuente   1.3%
  • Howard Hawkins          2.9%
  • Jo Jorgensen               2.4%
  • Donald Trump              41.7%
  • Other                            1.7%

U.S. Senator

  • Susan Collins               41.3%
  • Sara Gideon                 46.2%
  • Max Linn                       4.3%
  • Lisa Savage                  6.9%
  • Other                             1.4%

Representative to Congress (District 1)

  • Jay Allen                         40.0%
  • Chellie Pingree               57.9%
  • Other                                2.1%

Representative to Congress (District 2)

  • Dale Crafts                        35.8%
  • Jared Golden                     61.5%
  • Other                                   2.6%

The results are usually counted during an in-person 'Rally and Tally' event in Augusta, but that step of the educational process had to be cancelled this year, due to the pandemic.

The winners in Maine students' 2016 mock election were Donald Trump for President, Chellie Pingree for Congress in District 1, and Bruce Poliquin for Congress in District 2. In addition, the citizen initiative to make retail sales of marijuana legal was turned down, while ranked choice voting was approved. In 2018, students chose Shawn Moody as the winner over Janet Mills.