Boardman woman ‘with no clue’ on elections wins tickets to inaugural

By Shelby Schroeder

The Wittenberg student will witness the presidential swearing-in firsthand.

BOARDMAN — By merely guessing Barack Obama would prevail in this year’s election, a local voter will be present for the president-elect’s swearing-in later this month.

Boardman native and first-time voter Kirsten Midgley won two tickets to Obama’s inauguration in a campuswide contest at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

The week of the election, more than 80 students set out to predict which presidential candidate would claim each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. The most accurate predictor would receive a seat near the new U.S. president on Jan. 20.

But some people, including Midgley herself, would never suspect the 19-year-old of being so politically savvy. A biology major in her sophomore year, much of Midgley’s election knowledge came from the American National Government course she took that semester.

“She’s a gorgeous, popular girl with straight A’s,” her mother, Gail Midgley, gushed, “But she had no clue what she was doing.”

Gail said her daughter filled out the contest form on a whim, predicting each state in what was the equivalent of a uninformed vote. Kirsten confided that though published polls helped with her predictions, the unprecedented number of undecided states left her guessing.

“I looked up stuff for the states that normally go one way or another,” Kirsten said, “but when I was researching, every Web site said Ohio and 11 other states were a complete toss-up.”

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