Hillary Clinton has won the 2016 presidential election.
Well, at least according to Jefferson Elementary School.
Students at Jefferson voted as part of a mock election, which was conducted by Lori Hoke’s fifth grade class. Mrs. Hoke’s students helped voters sign-in, get a ballot, get into a booth, explain how to vote and then helped guide students where they place their ballot. Students had a choice between Clinton and Tim Kaine or Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Students could also vote “other” and write in a candidate’s name.
Clinton won the election at the school with 220 votes, or 68 percent. Trump received 26 percent, or 85 votes, while “other” claimed 18 votes, or 6 percent, of the tally.
Students who voted “other” didn’t write in a name of another candidate. Hoke said the 68 percent majority is the largest margin of victory a candidate has received in the school elections she has been a part of.
Hoke said doing a school wide vote in an election year provides students a chance to experience what millions of Americans will do next week.
“This is being an American citizen,” Hoke said. “We talked about the responsibility of being an American citizen and this is part of it.”
The 323 voters, which consisted of both students and adults, cast their ballots, which were then counted by Mrs. Hoke’s class by hand. This elections marks the second time a mock election has been held at Jefferson. Hoke said the last election’s winner matched the school’s winner, but an election at Franklin Elementary didn’t reflect the real world results.  
“We’ll see what happens won’t we,” she said of whether it will reflect the actual election results again this year.
Hoke said students have been learning about civic responsibility and their duty as an American citizen in social studies class, including voting.
“It’s not just a right. It’s a responsibility,” one student said of voting.
Hoke said she was surprised to hear many students talking about aspects of the candidates and political matters that are in the news. She said many of the students even knew some of the candidates policies and promises, like Trump’s wall and Clinton’s email investigation. She said many of the students pointed to candidates’ stances and actions as the primary factor in who received their vote.
The children, when asked, also said it was their responsibility to accept and support whoever is named president, even if they didn’t vote for the candidate.
“These are all things they will be doing as an adult,” Hoke said of the process. Hoke said the mock election not only shows students the importance of voting, but can potentially lead to a student becoming a lifetime voter.
“It’s been a great day because we led people to vote,” one student said of helping with the election. “Its very important because we need someone to run our country.”