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Obama prevails at Basalt High, too

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” Barack Obama’s victory is now officially a landslide after the release of Basalt High School’s mock vote from Tuesday.

Obama crushed John McCain by a tally of 261 to 50 votes, a margin of 84 to 16 percent, according to U.S. History and Leadership teacher Seann Goodman. The school’s Leadership Class organized the mock vote, which drew 312 participants in grades nine through 12.

“Though our opinion doesn’t actually influence the 2008 election, we felt that our voices should be heard,” Goodman said. “This was also good practice for when [students] do get the chance to vote.”

In other outcomes, Amendment 58 passed in Basalt High School 179 to 133. That measure would have removed a tax credit for the oil and gas industry. It failed statewide.

A sales tax increase to expand the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority also won by a convincing margin of 63 to 37 percent. It was supported by 184 students and opposed by 105.

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