"According to a nationwide mock election for 54,000 high schoolers across 130 schools, Obama won the popular vote with 52.2 percent and Republican candidate Mitt Romney received 41.2 percent of the vote. That translates to 316 electoral votes for Obama and 208 for Romney. Five schools in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were unable to hold elections because of Superstorm Sandy, so 14 electoral votes went undistributed.
"The purpose is not to predict the outcome and guess who's going to win. It's really educational to generate interest within each of the schools, to let them feel bigger than their own popular vote in a mock election," Shea told the Post. "It's not scientific, and we don't pretend it is. But I do think the kids are pretty savvy. They vote based on t he way things are going on a national level. They mirror society as a whole."
As part of the project, students at participating high schools campaigned on behalf of Obama and Romney, as well as third-party candidates. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 4.1 percent of the popular vote. Students also held rallies, debates and campaign events in the weeks leading up to the mock election."