The Johnson County Auditor's Office has released the final tally for the mock election held at the county fair, a fun feature done over the years designed to get people more involved and excited about elections and voting. It's interesting to note that in Johnson County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2-1, Democrat Jack Hatch only beat Republican Terry Branstad by 5 points in the governor's race and Democrat Bruce Braley only hit 55% in the U.S. Senate race. That doesn't bode well for either Hatch or Braley when you think bigger picture and consider the more conservative leaning counties statewide. Granted, we're talking a mock election, but still....
The Mock Election Results:
Through the close of the Johnson County Fair at 8 pm Thursday, 1118 people voted in the Johnson County Auditor’s Mock Election with the following results:
Bruce Braley (Democrat) 593 (55%)
Joni Ernst (Republican) 400 (37%)
Doug Butzier (Libertarian) 78 (7%)
Jack Hatch (Democrat) 528 (49%)
Terry Branstad (Republican) 475 (44%)
Lee Hieb (Libertarian) 77 (7%)
Public Measure: Name for carbonated beverage
Soda 340 (32%)
Coke 74 (7%)
Pop 617 (57%)
Tonic 47 (4%)
The mock election, a fair feature since 1999, lets voters and future voters see and try our real voting equipment. Our poll workers also registered voters.
The turnout of 1118 was the second highest ever, behind the record turnout of 1550 set last year.