Trump tops Clinton in Viera High's mock election


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Donald Trump cruised to victory in Viera High's mock election.

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Viera High School students have spoken, and Donald Trump is their choice by a wide margin.

The Republican candidate was the winner of a mock presidential and U.S. Senate election Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the school’s media center. Trump got 932 votes, or 51.12 percent of the 1,823 votes cast.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is locked in a tight contest nationally with Trump, won 467 votes, or 25.62 percent.

Remaining votes went to Libertarian Gary Johnson (183 votes, 10.04 percent), Reform candidate Roque De La Fuente (96 votes, 5.27 percent), Green candidate Jill Stein (90 votes, 4.94 percent) and Constitution candidate Darrell Castle (55 votes, 3.02 percent).

In the U.S. Senate race, students preferred Republican Marco Rubio over Democrat Patrick Murphy by a 74 percent to 21 percent margin.

Students in Social Studies classes cast votes throughout the day, said Jeffrey Draves, Viera High’s department chairman for Social Studies. Students signed in based on their grade level, then student volunteers led them to computers to cast their votes.

Students not enrolled in Social Studies could vote before school or during lunch, Draves said.

“We are trying to simulate the voting experience as much as possible,” Draves said.

Viera High was one of the first schools in Florida to take part in the program, which tabulates student votes on an app called VoteUSA, Draves said. Students across the country, ranging in age from preschool to 12th grade, can vote through Election Day, Nov. 8, he added.

Junior Lucas Gregorio enjoyed the experience. “It does make it feel a little more important,” said Gregorio, who at 17 is too young to vote this November. “It does make you feel like you have a voice, because in real elections I’m not quite comfortable with the Electoral College. But this feels more personal.” 

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