Vox’s pre-election analysis: Trevor and Omika have the momentum going into the election
Voting for the 2014 GUSA executive election began at midnight, and while students won’t find out the winner ’til tomorrow night, Vox thinks the winner will most likely be Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15), as they seem to have the most momentum in terms of various polls, endorsements, and Facebook likes.
Voting will be open until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, and will be instant runoff voting. This means that if no candidate receives a majority the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated and the votes for the number two preference will go towards the remaining candidates. This process repeats until a candidate has the majority of votes.
In last year’s election, Jack Appelbaum (COL ’14) and Maggie Cleary (COL ’14) were ahead in the first three rounds of instant runoff voting, though Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14) won after Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (SFS ’14) and Joe Vandergriff‘s (COL ’14) voters put them ahead by 92 votes.
Tezel and Jikaria won both The Hoya‘s and Vox‘s straw polls: The Hoya lists them with 26.6 percent of the vote, beating Zach Singer (SFS ’15) and Dan Silkman (COL ’15) by almost 8 percent (28.2 percent were undecided). In Vox‘s straw poll, they command an even larger lead with 41 percent of the votes, beating Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) and Jimmy Ramirez (COL ’15) by 17 percent.
The ticket has also received the most endorsements. Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, the Graduate Student Organization, and leaders from groups, such as College Democrats, College Republicans, various ethnic organizations, and more have all chosen to endorse Tezel/Jikaria. Ten GUSA members also endorsed them.
Due to the instant runoff nature of the voting, Vox isn’t ready to write off the other tickets especially if voters follow the candidates’ cross endorsements.
Lloyd and Ramirez may have fewer endorsements, but with both the Voice and The Hoya endorsing them, in addition to groups like MEChA de Georgetown and GU Pride, this could give them a chance in the elections.
Chicken Madness also seems to be in the running, beating out Ben Weiss (COL ’15) and Sam Greco (SFS ’15) by two votes. Last year, the sandwich received 42 first-place votes.