By a slight fraction, South Arkansas Community College students preferred Barack Obama to other presidential candidates in a mock election hosted by the college on Thursday, according to an email from Heath Waldrop, marketing and communications coordinator.
Overall, of the 178 students who cast ballots (representing less than 10 percent of the nearly 1,800-person student body), 51.7 percent voted for Obama as compared to the 44.9 percent, 2.2 percent and 1.1 percent captured by Republican Mitt Romney, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein.
In all categories but race, Obama captured the popular vote, according to demographic information compiled by the college. Race proved to be dominant motivator among white and black students — who comprised 49.4 and 39.3 percent, respectively. Students who identified themselves as white voted for Romney 81.8 percent of the time, versus black students who voted for Romney 100 percent of the time.
Those who identified themselves as Hispanic and other fell more equally. Hispanic voters gave Obama and Romney each 40 percent and Stein 20 percent, as compared with other voters who chose Romney 66.7 percent of the time.
Obama carried more favor among males, who gave him 62.3 percent of the vote, as compared to their female counterparts who were split nearly equally between the president and his Democratic challenger with 48.8 percent going to the latter and 48.8 percent to the former.
More in tomorrow’s News-Times.