BANGOR, Maine — Republican Paul LePage narrowly defeated independent Eliot Cutler in the 2010 student mock election, in which students in more than 150 schools participated.
After the votes were counted Thursday evening, LePage, the mayor of Waterville, earned 28 percent of the student vote compared with Cutler’s 27 percent. Maine Senate President Libby Mitchell, a Vassalboro Democrat, was close behind with 24 percent.
Independents Shawn Moody of Gorham and Kevin Scott of Andover earned 13 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
At the “Rally and Tally” event at the Augusta Civic Center, hosted by the secretary of state, students also cast mock ballots for two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and voted on the three statewide referendum questions appearing on Maine ballots.
In the 1st Congressional District race, U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree defeated her Republican challenger, Dean Scontras, 56 percent to 44 percent.
In the 2nd District, students would return U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud to his seat, handing him a 57 percent to 43 percent win over Republican Jason Levesque.
Students also approved a plan for an Oxford County casino as well as two bond issues.
For information, visit http://www.maine.gov/mockelection/.