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Delaware Student Mock Primary Election Results

Last week (April 21 & 22), nearly 5,000 students throughout the state of Delaware spent two days honing their citizenship skills by researching candidates and casting ballots in the Democracy Project’s 2016 Delaware Student Mock Primary Election. Students from twelve public school districts, five parochial and three charter or magnet schools in all three counties participated.

The student mock primary simulated Delaware’s closed primary.  Students had to register with a party then cast votes for one of their chosen party’s candidates. The names appearing on the mock primary ballot mirrored those that will appear on Tuesday’s official ballot.

Altogether, sixty-five percentage of the students opted into the Democratic primary while thirty-five percent went Republican. Bernie Sanders emerged as the students’ choice on the Democratic side with 57% of the votes cast. Hillary Clinton took second, capturing 41% while the remaining 2% went to lesser known California entrepreneur Roque De La Fuente.

Meanwhile, 53% of the students who voted in the Republican primary preferred Donald Trump as their party’s nominee. Ted Cruz placed second with 24% of the votes while John Kasich came in third with 10%. Rounding out the Republican side were Marco Rubio (6%), Ben Carson (5%) and Jeb Bush (2%).

The mock primary represented a collaboration between the Institute for Public Administration’s Democracy Project, the Professional Development Center for Educators, and the Office of Educational Technology. Fran O’Malley, Joe Naccarato, and Sarah Pragg spearheaded the event.

Results posted on our website at http://www.ipa.udel.edu/democracy/mockprimary/


For More Information

Contact: Mr. Fran O’Malley
Democracy Project
University of Delaware
Ph: 831-8443
Cell: 545-6837
E-mail: fomalley@udel.edu

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