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Students choose Clinton in mock election

November 4, 2016 GMT

If the presidential election were held today, Hillary Clinton would win in a walk, at least in Brownsville, according to the city’s school children.

In a mock election conducted by Kids Voting USA for the Brownsville Independent School District and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Clinton and her Democratic running mate Tim Kaine garnered 68 percent of the vote compared to 17 percent for the GOP ticket of Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence.

The Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, received 8 percent of the vote. The Green Party ticket of Jill Stein and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka received 6 percent.

The election has been going on at BISD campuses across the city since early voting started Oct. 24 for the general election. Today is the last day to vote in the mock election, just as it is to cast a ballot via early voting.

On BISD’s 57 campuses, 38,300 students had voted as of Thursday, said Cynthia Valdez, UTRGV executive vice president of Student Educational Outreach, which is coordinating the election with BISD.

“Those students don’t just go in and vote,” Valdez said. “We’ve compiled a voters guide to help them make their decisions.”

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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