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Feb 3, 2016 11:23 AM

NH kids give Trump, Sanders commanding leads in a children's mock primary election

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Donald Trump is apparently as popular with New Hampshire's children as he is with their parents, and on the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a commanding lead with the kids compared with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Organizers of the children's mock election on Tuesday released their results on Wednesday.

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.

The election, hosted by N.H. Public Television, had 38 percent of the young voters backing Trump, with Marco Rubio at 15 percent and Jeb Bush at 12 percent. Iowa's caucus winner, Ted Cruz, won only 11 percent of the kiddie vote in NH. The rest of the Republican field did not make it out of -- and in some cases even into -- the single digits.

One the Democratic side, Sanders took 67 percent of the vote to Clinton's 30 percent. Martin O'Malley, who is no longer in the running, got 2 percent.

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.

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