The University School of the Lowcountry, a private school in Mt. Pleasant for grades 3-8, took part in one big extracurricular activity today: Conducting exit polls for Charleston and Mt. Pleasant elections.
Students were shooting for a sample size of 100 voters for each of 16 precincts in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston, for a total of 800 in each race. Turnout was light, though, so they packed up and headed back to the school after an hour and a half. When the votes were tallied, the sample sizes were 309 for Charleston and 703 for Mt. Pleasant.
Here are the results, released at 7 p.m. today:
Exit Poll Results for the City of Charleston's Mayoral Race:
Joe Riley 252 (82%)
William Dudley Gregorie 45 (14%)
David A. Farrow 10 (3%)
Craig Jelks 1
Joshua R. Kennedy 1
Exit Poll Results for the Town of Mount Pleasant At-Large Council Seats (top four will get seats):
Thomasena Stokes-Marshall 151 (17.7%)
Chris O'Neal 115 (13.5%)
Nick Collins 114 (13.3%)
Ken Glasson 110 (12.9%)
Chris Nickels 103 (12.1%)
Joe Bustos 101 (11.8%)
Mark Smith 98 (11.5%)
George A. Freeman 46 (5.4%)
W. Tate Mikell 16 (1.9%)
The University School conducts these polls every year, whether for congressional or municipal elections. If you would like your child to get in on the political action, check out the school's website for details.