Nov. 3, 2000
Berkeley, CA - Just like the down-to-the-wire race in the general public sector, the mock presidential election vote conducted among the members of the Cal Football team on Thursday evening couldn't have been any closer.
With 75 members of the team casting votes, following a presentation by one of Cal's professors of political science who helped lay out the campaign issues, the final results were as follows. Al Gore and George W. Bush each captured exactly the same amount of votes, both tallying 42.7 percent of the votes (32 votes each) - an absolute dead heat. Ralph Nader had 9.3 percent (7 votes) and Pat Buchanan had 5.3% of the vote (4 votes).
"We've been preaching about the importance having balance on our football team, but this may be taking it to a new level," laughed head coach Tom Holmoe. "Seriously, with the election coming up next week, we thought it would be a good exercise for our players to hear one of our professors talking about the importance of the electoral process and and then having them vote for the candidate of their choice."
The vote was taken Thursday evening following the team's practice. The Bears face No. 14 ranked Oregon State on Saturday in Cal's Memorial Stadium beginning t 12:30 p.m.