The 26th Mock Convention has chosen Mr. Donald J. Trump as its anticipated candidate to win the Republican nomination in this year's presidential election. The complete voting breakdown was as follows:
Donald J. Trump: 1320
Ted Cruz: 652
Marco Rubio: 399
Jeb Bush: 72
John Kasich: 19
Ben Carson: 5
Rand Paul: 3
Carly Fiorina: 1
Mike Huckabee: 1
The decision was announced Saturday afternoon during a lively session on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Nearly the entire student-body—as well as esteemed guests, alumni, faculty and staff—congregated inside of the school's ornately decorated gymnasium. Representatives from each of the delegations took turns announcing their state or territory's votes during the Roll Call portion of the afternoon.
Mock Convention carries a legacy of sophistication, thoroughness and accuracy. Throughout the convention's 108-year history, Washington and Lee students have been correct in their predictions 19 times out of 25. They’ve been correct about the Republican Party since 1948. The research project is driven by 56 state and territory delegations comprising enthusiastic students who are charged with predicting the eventual nominee. On the delegation level, students work closely with some of the most influential political operatives in every state to get the most accurate information possible. The delegations are organized by region. Each region was overseen by a regional chair, all of whom made sure that the research was organized, thorough and up-to-date. A special thanks to the regional chairs for their diligence: Jake Barr, Northeast region; Caroline Bones, South region; Rachel Gallagher, West region; Mitchell Hamilton, Southwest region; and co-Midwest regional chairs, Matt Kinderman and Anna Milewski. The national analysts for Mock Convention—Kevin Ortiz, ’16, and Joe Kimbell, ’17—have studied national trends, polling and fundraising numbers, and information from political strategists to help them come to their ultimate predictions.
Thank you for supporting the 26th Mock Convention, and for following along with the entire process. We cannot express enough how grateful we are to all of the students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff members who have put in so much time and effort in order to make sure that this convention was a success. It’s been quite a ride: we’ve worked hard, we’ve had fun, and most importantly, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and our country along the way.
It will be several months until the official nominee for the Republican Party is known. But if history can tell us anything, we may already know the correct answer.