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Clinton beats Trump in SBHS mock election

Democratic candidate garners triple the votes of Donald Trump among local high school students
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San Benito High School seniors want Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the first woman president of the United States, based on mock election results released Tuesday, Oct. 10. Clinton, the former Secretary of State, received more than three times the votes of Republican Party nominee Donald J. Trump in online voting conducted last week and Monday. 

Clinton received 284 votes (60.9 percent) and Trump received 90 votes (19.7 percent) in the state-sponsored Student Mock Election, which ended Tuesday at 5 p.m. Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 57 votes (12.1 percent), Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson received 21 votes (4.4 percent), and Peace and Freedom candidate Gloria Estela La Riva received 13 votes (2.7 percent).  The voting was conducted in Economics, and U.S. Government classes in conjunction with registering students to vote for the Nov. 8 election.

In the U.S. Senate race between Democrats, Orange County Representative Loretta Sanchez upset California Attorney General Kamala Harris by nearly 100 votes. Sanchez received 274 votes (58.4 percent) and Harris received 179 votes (37.8 percent). In a recent CALSPEAKS poll by Sacramento State's Institute for Social Research, Harris held a commanding 57 percent to 19 percent lead with 25 percent still undecided. The winner will take over for Barbara Boxer, who is retiring.

Also, San Benito High School seniors approved three statewide propositions on the November ballot — all by super-majority percentages. Seniors said yes to Prop. 55, a tax extension to fund education and healthcare, 75.3 percent to 24.7 percent; yes to Prop. 58, which allows school districts greater freedom in bilingual education programs, 78.2 percent to 20.1 percent; and, yes to Prop. 67, which bans single-use plastic bags, 66 percent to 33 percent.

The final day to register to vote is Oct. 24. You can register online at

BenitoLink Staff