Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, racked up a surprising 27% of the vote at the recent “Road to the White House” convention held at Western Illinois University.
The election was part of a mock convention involving over 1000 students in the midwest. The process began with party conventions to nominate candidates for the Democratic, Republican, and Green Parties. Then a general election was held. The final vote showed a three-way split with President Obama taking 39% of the vote, Romney 33%, and Stein 27%.
Stein’s showing was remarkable for an event that organizers assumed would be largely restricted to the two major parties. On a website describing the mock election, organizers explained their focus on the traditional parties by saying that “While there are many minor or third parties in American politics, our system is essentially a two-party system.” Kristen Davis, a Stein supporter at Western Illinois University said “For the students on my campus, this is by no means a two-party election. The Green Party surge is unbelievable.”
In previous years, the vote of the upper midwest students has predicted the eventual results of the Presidential election. The Stein campaign cited their 27% vote as proof that 2012 will be a year in which Greens will radically alter the political scene and become a major voice of opposition to conventional politics.
Stein said “Young people have been told that they have to choose between two parties that have been smothering them with student debt and destroying their future. We gave them a real alternative, and they responded. This is how real change in Washington begins – by just saying ‘NO’ to candidates that you don’t really trust.”
Here is Jill Stein addressing Western Illinois University last weekend: