Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a near three-to-one margin Tuesday — in Wellington High School’s mock election.
The Republican candidate and billionaire real estate mogul came out on top by a tally of 145-55 over his Democratic rival. Libertarian Gary Johnson came in third with 35 votes and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 11 votes.
There were also two write-ins for WHS teacher John Perry, said social studies teacher Kerry Trefz, who organized the mock election as a project for her government students.
“One of the things I liked about today was the kids who took government last year were upset they weren’t taking government this year, she said. “They wanted to be a part of this. Several of them came to me and asked if they could work at the mock election.”
Students performed a sort of blind taste test when researching the presidential hopefuls, which Trefz said led to surprise for many students who didn’t realize how different their personal beliefs were from who they were supporting.
They set up polling stations in the WHS cafeteria, organized registration for every voter, decorated hallways, and gave every participant a stamp after voting.
“First, they had to learn about ideologies, line up their views with those ideologies, and then go to all of the candidates’ websites,” said Trefz. “There, they wrote down what they liked or didn’t like from the different campaigns.”
Corey Diedrick, a 16-year-old junior, said he voted for Trump and that WHS’s results could very well be a barometer for the entire state.
“I believe our mock election is going to be a good representation of what will come out of Ohio,” he said. “Today, Trump was the most popular vote. Today went very smooth for everyone here and it seemed like an actual election out in the world.”
Riley Kranes, another 16-year-old junior, said Clinton represents the better options for America’s future.
“I think it was a good experience for high school students to be able to participate in an election,” she said. “I just don’t like Trump as much as Hillary. That’s really my opinion. She’s just a better choice for running our nation as opposed to him.”
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Courtesy photos Russel Esterly and Michael Hockenberger handle voter registration duties Tuesday during Wellington High School’s mock election.