NHPTV declares victor in mock vote

REGION – New Hampshire Public Television has announced the final results of the National Student/Parent Mock Election in New Hampshire. The winners of the five races were all the same as in the preliminary results released Wednesday night.

Nearly 42,000 votes were cast by students from 124 New Hampshire schools that took part in the program, which allows elementary, middle and high school students across the country to decide who they want their leaders to be.

The final results were as follows:

– President – John Kerry edged President Bush by 99 votes, 19,784 to 19,685. Ralph Nader finished third, with 2,525 votes.

– Governor – Gov. Craig Benson, with 13,873 votes, defeated challenger John Lynch, who finished with 11,752.

– U.S. Senate – Incumbent Judd Gregg defeated Doris Granny D Haddock. Gregg had 12,295 votes, and Haddock had 9,053.

– U.S. House, District 1 – Incumbent Jeb Bradley was the winner, finishing with 5,868 votes to 2,940 for challenger Justin Nadeau.

– U.S. House, District 2 – Incumbent Charles Bass defeated challenger Paul Hodes. Bass finished with 6,257 votes to 3,134 for Hodes, and Libertarian Richard Kahn trailed with 1,167 votes.