Feb 9, 2016 3:22 PM

Fourth graders at the Statehouse cast mock ballots - Bush and Clinton top vote-getters


CONCORD - Fourth grade tour groups at the State House were given the opportunity to cast ballot just like their parents do.

Between Dec. 8 and Feb. 9, nearly 900 fourth graders placed their ballots in a special ballot box located in the building's visitors’ center. When the ballots were counted Tuesday by Virginia Drew, the director of the visitors’ center, Gov. Jeb Bush and Secretary Hillary Clinton were victorious.

Bush took the Republican primary with 27 percent of the vote. Donald Trump was a close second with 25 percent. On the Democratic side, Secretary Hillary Clinton easily outdistanced Senator Bernie Sanders of neighboring Vermont, 66 percent to 25 percent.

“Having gotten to hear from fourth graders around the state over the last 4 primaries it has been interesting to see how close their votes are to the adults who will be voting in NH,” said Drew.

Here's the full breakdown:

Republican Primary

Gov. Jeb Bush 27%
Donald Trump 25%
Sen. Marco Rubio 13%
Carly Fiorina 13%
Dr. Ben Carson 10%
Gov. Chris Christie 4%
Sen. Ted Cruz 3%
Gov. John Kasich 1%
Sen. Rick Santorum 1%
Gov. Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Gov. Pataki and Rand Paul combined accounted for 3%

Democratic Party

Secretary Hillary Clinton 66%
Sen. Bernie Sanders 25%
Gov. Martin O’Malley 9%

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