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Clinton wins (in national high school mock election)

High school students participating in a nationwide mock election voted Hillary Clinton in to office, Sunday. 

More than 70,000 students from 150 high schools participated in the mock election. Clinton won 48 percent of the popular vote, while Donald Trump won 34 percent. Third-party candidates won 19 percent of the vote. Clinton won 332 Electoral College votes while Trump won 206. 

Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State has been hosting mock elections since 1988. According to a news release from the organization two schools from every state participate in the election. In Washington State four schools from the west side participated. In Idaho two schools from Southern Idaho participated. See the full list of participating schools here.

The mock election has accurately predicted six of the last seven elections. In 2004 participating high school students voted for Senator John Kerry over incumbent President George W. Bush. 

According to one of the mock elections co-founder, Jim Shea, this mock election was influenced by the real elections general divisiveness.

Shea said in a press release,

“Some schools actually decided to back out of the mock election in the last month either because of how divisive and disruptive it had become or how divisive and disruptive they feared it would become. That never happened in the previous seven presidential elections.”

Check out the full breakdown here or the news release here.

Eli Francovich
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