AUGUSTA — In this week’s Student Mock Election, as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, student voters in 116 schools selected Gov. Janet Mills and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree as winners, and U.S. Rep. Jared Golden as the leading candidate in students’ first choice rankings.

According to a press release from the Secretary of State’s Office, in the race for governor, independent candidate Sam Hunkler polled 2,676 votes; former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, 7,107; incumbent Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, 9,205; and there were 542 write-ins, for a total of 19,530 student votes.

In Maine’s 1st District congressional race, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Chillie Pingree drew 5,176 votes to 3,638 for Republican challenger Edwin Thelander, plus 318 write-ins, for a total of 9,132 student votes cast.

In Maine’s 2nd District congressional race, independent Tiffany Bond received 2,460 votes; incumbent Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, 3,955; former Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin, 3,224; with 251 write-ins, for a total of 9,890 student votes.

“Getting to participate in a mock election is a great way for Maine students to learn about our electoral system in a truly hands-on way,” Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said in a press release announcing the results.

“These are our next generation of voters, and their voices matter. Now when they’re old enough to volunteer as a poll worker, or participate as a voter in state and local elections, they’ll have this practice from their mock elections.”

In Maine, 16- and 17-year-olds who are preregistered to vote may serve as poll workers. Registered voters who will be 18 by Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8) may vote in this year’s general election.

“Students got to experience ranked choice voting on the ballot,” Bellows said. “With both congressional races being done by RCV, we have an example of what happens if someone gets a majority on the first-choice rankings, and when someone doesn’t. This will give teachers another learning opportunity that is meaningful to students.”

The Secretary’s Office will not be asking schools in District 2 to send ballots in to Augusta for further tabulation, though schools could run mini-tabulations of their ballots to simulate what it would look like to re-allocate the second-round votes of the third-place candidate in their school.

To supplement other classroom instruction, the Secretary of State’s Office compiled short videos from each of the candidates on the ballot. Around the state, 154 schools signed up to receive Mock Election materials from the Secretary of State, but because of local curricula or scheduling needs, some schools might hold their mock elections on another date.