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2022 Primary Mock Election Results

Before Pennsylvania’s primary voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, Pennsylvania’s high school students gave a preview of possible results as part of this month’s PA Youth Vote Mock Election.

This pilot, in the first year of the PA Youth Vote Mock Election, allowed students to choose between real candidates for statewide and local offices and answering ballot questions that were customized to their interests.

483 students cast their ballots, in grades 9-12 from nine schools in Philadelphia, Lehigh, Chester, and Adams County. Summary results are below. You can view the raw results on this spreadsheet.

Democratic Statewide Results

U.S. Senate

  • Malcom Kenyatta - 43%
  • John Fetterman - 24%
  • Conor Lamb - 16%
  • Alexandra Khalil - 13%

Governor

  • Josh Shapiro - 97%

Lieutenant Governor

  • Brian Sims - 40%
  • Austin Davis - 36%
  • Raymond Sosa - 22%

Republican Statewide Results

U.S. Senate

  • Kathy Barnette - 25%

  • David McCormick - 19%
  • Jeff Bartos - 14%
  • George Bochetto - 14%
  • Mehmet Oz - 10%
  • Carla Sands - 10%

Governor

  • Doug Mastriano - 33%
  • Melissa Hart - 17%
  • Bill McSwain - 9%
  • Charlie Gerow - 9%
  • Lou Barletta - 7%
  • Jake Corman - 7%

Lieutenant Governor

  • Chris Frye - 20%
  • James Jones - 20%
  • John Brown - 12%
  • Rick Saccone - 14%

Local Race Results

Students voted for candidates in six congressional, six state senate, and 20 state house districts. You can view those results on this sheet.

Statewide Ballot Questions

1. Should the voting age be lowered from 18 to 16?

  • Yes - 35%
  • No - 65%

2. Currently, Pennsylvania has a "closed primary system," where a voter has to be registered with a political party to vote in that party's primary election. Should Pennsylvania implement "open primaries," in which independent and unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary as well?

  • Yes - 77%
  • No - 23%