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Feb 2, 2016 5:38 PM

First NH votes cast: Students take part in traditional mock election before FITN Primary

EXETER - Students across New Hampshire took part in the traditional mock election hosted by New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV).

Elementary, middle and high school classrooms were eligible for the election, which has a history of being on point with its predictions for the results of the first in the nation primary.

While most voted online, two 8th-grade students at Great Bay Charter School in Exeter created a voting booth and welcomed classmates to vote in a more traditional manner.

James Gillis and Sean McGinnis then handcounted the ballots and then submitted them to NHPTV.

Great Bay Charter had a high turnout, 127 out of a possible 147 students took part.

On the Republican ticket, Donald Trump led with 21 votes, followed by Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took a commanding lead on the Democratic ballot, fielding 60 of 75 votes. Hillary Clinton received 15 votes.

According to NHPTV, the elections are usually indicative of the New Hampshire Primary results.

Since 1999, the only differing results were when students elected Al Gore over George Bush by a slight margin, they said.

NHPTV will announce the statewide results Wednesday.

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