Tuscaloosa elementary school students elect our next president in mock elections

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — We are less then one week away from deciding who will be become the next President of the United States, and the battle between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton continues to heat up.

Some second and third grade students at the Capital School in Tuscaloosa are really paying attention to the Presidential election. These students participated in a mock election and voted in class for their favorite candidate.

Grace Price is in the second grade and supports Hillary Clinton.

“I like Hillary Clinton and I don’t like Donald Trump because Donald Trump doesn’t know how to run a country,” Price said.

The Capital Elementary students may be too young to vote, but some, like second grader Conlin Gilespie, already have presidential aspirations. Gilespie does not agree with Price’s assessment of the race.

“I like Donald Trump, because I think he is the best one to be President,” Gilespie said. “Donald Trump tells the truth and he is a better president.”

Second grade teacher Missy Richey believes that holding mock elections is good for the students because it helps them to learn about the political process.

“I think it’s interesting over the years when different schools have done mock elections,” Richey said. “It’s usually pretty much true for how the real elections come out.”

The majority of students in Richey’s class decided they want Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States.

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