Minnesota high school students choose Trump over Clinton:

More than 77,000 students from 213 high schools have taken part in the election so far, and the first round of results came in Tuesday morning.

The Republican ticket with Donald Trump and Mike Pence narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine 35 to 33 percent. The Trump/Pence ticket received 26,930 votes and the Clinton/Kaine ticket received 25,333 votes.

When I was in high school, I think Jimmy Carter won by a 2:1 margin over Ronald Reagan.  So this is a surprise, to say the least.

10 thoughts on “Surprise?

  1. From speaking with my own HS age children, their classmates who even care (and there aren’t many) mostly lean Democrat but they loathe Hillary Clinton. In two instances I’m aware of, ones that listen to their mother’s advice on politics steal Trump Pence signs from the front yards of elderly Republicans.

  2. Republicans run an elderly partially disabled war hero in 2008 and lose. They run a smart moderate Boy Scout with great experience in 2012 and lose. For a lot of people, the enthusiasm just isn’t there.
    This year they run a loud mouth in-your-face TV star….well, maybe people see something they like. Especially when the alternative is grandma Clinton. (hint to you baby boomer lefties…for those under 40, a women in a high position isn’t a novelty. the “first woman” anything is old news)

  3. Young people tend to be optimistic, idealistic. All of us are often told that “if enough of us believe and take action, we have the power to make a difference. ” The young tend to believe that to the full extent. So, I am not surprised that Trump won amongst the young. When I was in high school, Ross Perot won my school’s mock vote. I would guess the high schoolers in 2008 chose Obama over Mc Cain, for similar reasons. I am actually more surprised by Mitch’s high school mock vote where the apparent outsider (Reagan) didn’t win.

  4. free weed party and libertarian party got 10% each. And no that first one isnt a joke.

  5. Who came in a close 3rd, with 32%? “never heard of either one”?

    I think that depends on what the definition of “have taken part in the election” is.

    Does that mean “77,000 kids were handed a piece of paper and told to vote”? Does that mean “77,000 kids handed in their paper but not all of them had a reasonable (if any) response.” Or does that mean “77,000 kids’ actually voted and their answers were tabulated”

    I know both of my kids have expressed a distinct displeasure of Donald Trump, despite neither one of them having a care in the world about politics. It was purely peer pressure to say Trump sucks. I had to (much to the chagrin of some of Mitch’s readership) educate my daughter on why, while both choices are not optimal, Trump is preferable to Killary. #NeverHillary

  6. Hillary Clinton Wins Scholastic Student Vote

    Since 1940, the results of the student vote have usually mirrored the outcome of the presidential election. In fact, Scholastic readers have been wrong only twice. In 1948, kids picked Thomas E. Dewey over President Harry S. Truman. And in 1960, more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than for the eventual president, John F. Kennedy.

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