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Students hand Zimmer a win in close race

37 per cent of Northeast B.C. students voted for incumbent, followed by Liberals, then Greens
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Courtney Lutz fills out a ballot during Dawson Creek Secondary's Student Vote Wednesday. Lutz and a dozen other classmates are working with Elections Canada on Election Day. Photo By Jonny Wakefield

Students in Prince George-Prince River-Northern Rockies handed Conservative Bob Zimmer another term as MP in a mock vote held last week.

But if students under 18 had anything to say about it, he'd be sitting on the opposition benches.  

Zimmer carried 37 per cent of ballots in the 2015 Student Vote, which saw students at more than 50 schools across the riding participate. Liberal candidate Matt Shaw won just over 29 per cent of the 4,644 votes cast, followed by the Green Party's Liz Biggar (14.7 per cent) and the NDP's Kathi Dickie (11.6 per cent). 

While Zimmer was in locally, his party was out nationally, according to students. 

Students handed Justin Trudeau's Liberals 66 per cent of the 338 seats in the house, with the Conservatives forming an opposition with 20 per cent of seats. The NDP won only 12 per cent, followed by the Greens with one per cent. 

If reflected in the actual results, Shaw's finish eight points behind Zimmer would be one of the closest races in the riding's history. In his first run in 2011, Zimmer finished more than 36 points ahead of the second-place NDP candidate. 

The Greens hold on third place was a repeat of the actual results in 2011, when they finished ahead of the Liberals. The NDP and Liberals swapped fourth place in the 2015 student vote.  

When this newspaper went to print at 4:30 p.m., it remained to be seen how those results compared to the actual election. 

Full election results can be found at alaskahighwaynews.ca, while analysis of the results will be in Wednesday's newspaper. 

Peace Region schools were, for the most part, more Conservative than the riding-wide average. Forty- three per cent of the 313 student voters at Dawson Creek Secondary's South Peace campus went for Zimmer, followed by Shaw and Dickie. North Peace Secondary, where only 37 of a possible 500 students voted, went 65 per cent for Zimmer. 

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