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What is it?


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What is it?


MOCK CONVENTION IS A SIMULATED PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING CONVENTION HELD EVERY FOUR YEARS BY THE STUDENTS OF WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY WITH THE GOAL OF PREDICTING WHO THE PARTY OUT OF POWER IN THE WHITE HOUSE will nominate to run for President of the united states.

Every four years since 1908, the students of Washington and Lee University have gathered to create one of the most ambitious non-partisan student political research projects in the country. Fifty-six state delegations draw on the latest polling data and the insight of officials and analysts on the ground to predict the exact distribution of delegates from their state. After months of preparation, these delegations gather for a convention conducted according to real party procedures and featuring some of the most engaging political voices from around the country. With the stage set for an intense contest for the 2020 Democratic nomination, we invite you to join us as, for the 27th time, we celebrate the complexity and importance of the electoral process.

THIS IS A REAL CONVENTION, AND I OUGHT TO KNOW BECAUSE I’VE BEEN LOOKING AT THEM SINCE 1912.
— HARRY S. TRUMAN, MOCK CONVENTION 1960
THE BIGGEST AND BOOMINGEST
— TIME
METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED
— THE WASHINGTON POST
THE MOST
REALISTIC
— NEWSWEEK
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Our Mission


Our Mission


The Washington and lee university mock convention is a student created exercise in political analysis and research that exceeds the highest academic and professional standards for excellence. IN attempting to accurately predict who the party out of power in the white house will nominate to run for president of the united states, we seek to create a seriEs of unique political experiences that inspire enthusiastic engagement and active participation in the electoral process, in both the Washington and lee community and The public at large.


A PRIMARY OBJECT SHOULD BE THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH IN THE SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT. IN A REPUBLIC, WHAT SPECIES OF KNOWLEDGE CAN BE EQUALLY IMPORTANT? AND WHAT DUTY MORE PRESSING THAN COMMUNICATING IT TO THOSE WHO ARE TO BE THE FUTURE GUARDIANS OF THE LIBERTIES OF THE COUNTRY?
— GEORGE WASHINGTON, IN HIS EIGHTH MESSAGE TO CONGRESS
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A Legacy of Excellence


A Legacy of Excellence


PRESIDENTS PAST AND FUTURE

Mock Convention has been visited by four occupants of the White House since its foundation in 1908. It accurately predicted the rise of all but Harry S. Truman.

(who succeeded President Roosevelt after his death in 1945)