Trump wins student mock election

Authored By Ashley Hopkins

Donald Trump was elected by a wide margin in Tennessee’s first student mock election. 

The statewide mock election began Oct. 17 and continued through “Mock Election Day” yesterday. Donald Trump garnered 53.1 percent of the vote, while Hillary Clinton received 34.3 percent. Ninety of the state’s 95 counties participated, representing 479 schools and 165,968 students. Click here for more in-depth results. 

“I’m thrilled that so many students and teachers from across our great state got behind this project with such passion,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a prepared statement. “Hopefully, giving civics such an important role in the classroom translates into engaged citizens who continue exercising their right to vote when they are old enough to vote in real elections.”

“Voters” could choose Republican nominee Donald Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or any qualified independent candidate. Students from preschool through high school, in both public and private institutions, as well as home-schoolers, participated. 

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