Democratic Ticket Wins Mock Presidential Election; WIU Students Voted Sanders/O'Malley to Take Top Seats
University With 100% Accuracy Record Predicts Bernie Sanders Will Be America’s Next President
MACOMB, IL — With more than 400 Electoral College votes, the Democratic ticket—Bernie Sanders, president, and Martin O'Malley, vice president—was declared the winner in Western Illinois University's third Mock Presidential Election (MPE), "The Road to the White House Starts at Western Illinois University" Monday night. The Jeb Bush (president)/Marco Rubio (vice president) Republican ticket garnered 114 electoral votes. (Popular vote totals for the parties were: Democrats Sanders/O'Malley: 741; Republicans Bush/Rubio: 577; Libertarian Party's Lex Green (president)/Rand Paul (VP): 159; and Green Party's Jill Stein(president)/Peter Schwartzman (VP): 50. See www.wiumpe.com for more information.)
The 2015 event, the largest and most elaborate mock presidential simulation in the nation, included five sessions and involved thousands of WIU students. Over the five sessions, from Oct. 20-Nov. 2, students took part in simulations of the Iowa Caucuses and the state primaries, the national nominating conventions and the Electoral College vote. During the process, Western students' votes determined primary winners and, ultimately, the winning presidential ticket.
Whether or not the students will again be correct in their presidential prediction remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain: the 2007 and 2011 events both yielded spot-on results of the subsequent years' presidential elections.