Center-Left wins big at Blich mock election

School’s mock elections are something of an institution, seen as accurate bellwether of how national elections will turn out.

December 6, 2012 23:12
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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid 370. (photo credit: Efrat Sa'ar)

The Center and Left of the electorate won a sweeping victory at the mock elections held at Blich High School in Ramat Gan on Thursday, winning 59 percent of the vote.

The school’s mock elections are something of an institution, and over the past two decades they have often been a rather accurate bellwether of how the national elections would turn out, even though recently, like this election, they skewed left of the Israeli general public.

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The biggest winner of the mock election was Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which got 27% of the vote at the secular high school in middle-class Ramat Gan, far better than it is expected to do in the general election, where polls have projected it winning as few as 7 or 8 mandates in the 120-seat Knesset.

Student Chen Elgazi, the representative of the Yesh Atid bloc at Blich, said, “Blich students understand that to assure ourselves a future in this country we have to support those who really worry about us and will bring a new form of politics to Israel." Another big winner was Naftali Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi party, which got 11% of the vote at the secular high school, whose results have often skewed to the left of the general public in recent years. In addition, the Labor Party polled at 23%, higher than it is projected in the general election, while the Likud-Yisrael Beitenu joint list won 25% of the votes, fewer than it is projected to get when Israel goes to the polls in January.

The left-wing Meretz party won 4% of the vote, slightly better than right-wing Strong Israel, which received 2%, and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, which received 3%.

The Tzipi Livni Party scored 5% of the vote, similar to how it is polling among the general public.

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