Can This Elementary School Really Predict the Presidential Winner?


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Source: CBS News

Since 1968 the kids at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in New York City have correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential election.

It all started when the children predicted Richard Nixon would win the 1968 election and every four years since then they have not been wrong.

Throughout the year the students study the electoral process and learn about each candidate before casting their votes in a mock election. Speaking to CBSNews Benjamin Franklin Elementary principal said, “We’re pretty proud of it. Every four years we continue it. We can’t skip an election nationwide, so we can’t skip it in our school…The school is a melting pot…we have minority groups, students that speak English as a second language, white collar, blue collar. It could be representative of the nation.”

So who did the students pick for this election? Hillary Clinton. The democratic presidential nominee won with 52 percent of the vote. Trump came in with 43 percent. Students in grades 3 through 5 were allowed to participate in the mock election.


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