Four more years, students say
Last week, a giant elephant marked "GOP" torpedoed through the Basehor-Linwood School District and trounced all over a senseless donkey and the Democrats riding shotgun.
During a mock election Thursday, Oct. 28, the Republican ticket of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney won the popular vote as 578 kindergarten through 12th grade students tagged the incumbents as their choice to lead the country for another four years. Senator John Kerry and running mate John Edwards received 344 votes.
Reform Party candidates Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo finished a distant third among students, earning just 56 votes districtwide.
The students also voted to retain Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., in the Second Congressional District.
Ah, but that's only the popular vote and, as witnessed by the 2000 race, elections aren't always decided by who receives the most votes. There's that thing called the Electoral College. If each of the schools in the district were a state, each of six would have swung the Republicans' way.
The Johnson County Election Office coordinated a statewide mock election for area students. Sixteen members of the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars organization served as election officials.