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The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a simulated presidential nominating convention held every four years by the students of W&L 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.

 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.

 
 
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Washington and Lee is a politically-minded campus, and an ever involved student body. With our distinct connection to the nation's first president, we take great pride in predicting who the presidential nominee for the party out of power will be.

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Fifty-six student state delegations draw on the latest polling data and the insight of analysts to predict the distribution of delegates for their state. It takes months of meticulous research, and this project is at the core of every Mock Convention.

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In short, yes. We commit tireless research, and begin years in advance to best predict the nominee for the party out of power. Out of the 26 times that we have held the convention since 1908, we have gotten it right 20 times. And in 2020, we plan to make that 21.


“METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED”
— THE WASHINGTON POST
“THE MOST REALISTIC”
— NEWSWEEK
“THE BIGGEST AND BOOMINGEST”
— TIME
“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