Dear Readers,

It has been a long, hot political summer. Seventeen men and women fanned out across the country with one goal: convincing Republican voters that they should be the GOP’s next candidate for President of the United States. It's a cast of characters ready for a no holds barred, all-American scramble for the highest office in the land. We’ve met a sharp-talking former tech executive challenging Hillary Clinton’s claim to the first female presidency, a former neurosurgeon turning his attentions to politics, the son of one president and brother of another looking to enter the White House on his own terms, and of course, a controversial real estate magnate bent on running an unscripted, unorthodox campaign. 

Mock Convention has been watching through it all, from around the country, as we prepare to predict which one of these hopefuls will be left standing in Cleveland a year from now. We’ve studied the polls, heard the debates, and waded through the commentary, and we’re ready to share our insights with the W&L community and the nation during this exciting fall. Starting today you’ll find candidate profiles and state-by-state analysis from students on the front lines of our research effort here at It’s part of our Presidential Primer: content designed to keep you informed as we countdown to Convention Weekend. You’ll also find more information about new opportunities to get involved with Mock Con, including our Delegates’ Fair on October 7th, and our Presidential Gala on November 14th. As always, all the latest updates are available to our friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The race for the Republican nomination is shaping up to be one of the most competitive contests in decades. Won’t you join us in a front row seat?


The Executive Committee of the 26th Washington and Lee University Mock Convention

Start here with our Presidential Primer entry on Jeb Bush.