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If K-12 Students Had a Say, Clinton Would Be Victor

By The Associated Press — October 25, 2016 1 min read

A couple weeks away from Election Day, more than 150,000 schoolchildren have already voted on whom they want to be president.

Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 percent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 percent of the ballots. The company says 13 percent of students wrote in “other” choices, which it notes is an unusually high proportion.

The student vote has been a fairly accurate predictor of the actual election over the years. Scholastic says it has mirrored the results in every election since 1940, with the exception of election years 1948 and 1960.

Scholastic acknowledges it wasn’t a scientifically designed sample.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 26, 2016 edition of Education Week as If K-12 Students Had a Say, Clinton Would Be Victor

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