NASHVILLE (WDEF) – The first-ever statewide Presidential vote by Tennessee students goes to Donald Trump.
165,0968 students voted in the Mock Election, representing 479 schools from 90 of the state’s 95 counties.
And here are the results:
Donald J. Trump Republican 88,208 53.1%
Hillary Clinton Democratic 56,935 34.3%
Gary Johnson Independent 8,374 5.0%
Roque De Le Fuente Independent 3,888 2.3%
Jill Stein Independent 3,800 2.3%
Alyson Kennedy Independent 2,434 1.5%
Mike Smith Independent 2,329 1.4%
Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced the results on Wednesday at a school in Smyrna.
“I’m thrilled that so many students and teachers from across our great state got behind this project with such passion. ”
This is, by no means, a scientific poll, since participation varied widely from county to county.
But educators say that students have a long track record of picking winners.
Locally, Hillary Clinton won in Hamilton County, but Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs, McMinn, Bradley and Polk all went for Trump.
“Hopefully giving civics such an important role in the classroom translates into engaged citizens who continue exercising their right to vote when they are old enough to vote in real elections.”