Bodden joked, "And now what you're all here for. The Our Shirt results!" He announced the first design won by a slim margin. Both referendums, regarding the Real Food USF referendum, received an overwhelming 93 percent approval.
Finally, candidates were listed in order of votes received, from least to most. Alan Ethington came in sixth, Omar Rodriguez in fifth, Christopher Cano in fourth and Christina Hughes in third.
That leaves Sarah Pollei, with 26 percent of votes, and Brian Goff, with 29 percent of votes, as the top two. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of votes, a runoff election is needed. Voting will open March 6 at 8 a.m. and close March 7 at 8 p.m. The winner will be annunced March 7 and 9 p.m. Goff and Pollei were given clearance to start campaigning after the announcement was made.
"I had an inkling there would be a runoff," Pollei said.
This year, 7,231 students voted for student body president, the most ever recorded for USF. For the Our Shirt design, 7,701 students, 470 from satellite campuses, voted.
Goff said he was pleasantly surprised. "I like to keep a level head," he said. "We weren't anticipating 29 percent." That comes to 2,097 students who voted for Goff and his running mate, George Papadeas.
"We'll go out and do it over again," Goff said. He plans to reach out to student organizations and ask for support from the other candidates, wanting to make sure their voices are still heard.
"I am very excited," Pollei said. "My team has been very dedicated, and all of our efforts have paid off."
Pollei plans on "pushing through and working harder" with running mate Antonio Morales to grab the title of president and vice president.
Current USF student body president, Matt Diaz, said he is excited as well.
"The students have spoken," Diaz said. "Regardless of who wins, they're gonna get a darn good president and vice president."
Unofficial 2012 SG General Election Winners List:
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