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Highlands College Announces Straw Poll Results


Barack Obama won a Straw Poll of the 2012 Presidential Race held among the students, faculty and staff at Highlands College of Montana Tech. Additionally, Jon Tester won the Straw Poll of the US Senate Seat race; Kim Gillan won the Straw Poll of the US House Seat race; and Steve Bullock won the Straw Poll of the Montana Governor’s race. Over 300 straw votes were cast.

The results of the Straw Poll were as follows:

US Presidential Race: Barack Obama (D) (65%); Mitt Romney (R) (35%).

Montana’s US Senate Race: Dan Cox (L) (11%); Dennis Rehberg (R) (24%); Jon Tester (D) (65%).

Montana’s US House Race: Steve Daines (R) (35%); Kim Gillan (D) (48.5%); David Kaiser (L) (16.5%).

Montana’s Election for Governor: Steve Bullock (64%); Rick Hill (25%); Ron Vendevender (L) (11%).

"Voting is a fundamental right in our country." said Dr. John Garic, Dean of Highlands College. "I believe it is essential that citizens choose to exercise their fundamental right and actually vote. Our hope with this straw poll is that it will raise awareness among our students of the value and importance of voting."

The Straw Poll was intended to be a fun exercise in civic engagement. Montana Tech is a member of the American Democracy Project, an initiative of more than 230 colleges and universities. The goal of the ADP "is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy."