Separated from second place by 337 votes, Jesse Lauchner and Katie Clausen were announced as the next president and vice president of the Associated Students of CSU Wednesday night.
“I’m not really sure what I feel right now,” said Clausen, a sophomore business management student. “I’m ecstatic. It’s by far the toughest thing I’ve ever done.”
Voter turnout was up from last year with 17.6 percent of students voting in the election.
“We are very, very excited about that,” said current Vice President Jessica Chavez. Chavez thanked the candidates for their help in getting students to vote before announcing the winners.
Coming in sixth place in the election were Todd Ewing and Chris Fry.
“We are happy with our sixth pace finish,” said Ewing, a political science senior. “We spent the least amount of money and got the least amount of votes. It’s proof that you can buy this election.”
Second place in the election were Cord Brundage and Katie Clausen.
“It was close,” said Brundage, a senior zoology major. “It was a good race.”
Lauchner, a junior studying computer information systems, said he was still surprised about winning.
“Don’t ever doubt two people with a lot of heart,” Lauchner said.