Photo: U.S. children are picking Hillary Clinton as their choice for president. /Courtesy photo
U.S. children are picking Hillary Clinton as their choice for president. /Courtesy photo

Out of the mouths of babes.

Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner of OneVote 2016, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt nationwide mock election for students in upper-elementary, middle and high schools.

Clinton won 47 percent of the overall vote out of nearly 300,000 ballots cast, with Republican nominee Donald Trump winning 41 percent and other candidates garnering 12 percent.

Clinton also won 365 out of 538 Electoral College votes and key swing states including Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.

“If our students were voting today, they would have elected the first female president of the United States,” Angela Hunter, senior vice president and executive producer of Channel One News, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt company, said in a news release. “That is a historic occasion that cannot be ignored, even if having a woman president is seen by our young people as a natural event.

“It has been very evident throughout this campaign that students care about political issues as well as the tenor of political discourse in this country,” Hunter said. “They are deeply invested in the outcome of this election.”

OneVote has accurately predicted the next president of the United States in every mock election since the program began in 1992, she said.

“In a few weeks, we will see if that record holds,” Hunter said.

In addition to selecting the next president, the OneVote ballot asked students about the political issue that is most important to them. The top three issues they named are:

  • Terrorism, 19 percent;
  • Education, 12 percent; and
  • Gun control, 11 percent.

Hillary Clinton carried several swing states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Trump carried Georgia, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio while Clinton won a few traditionally red states such as Missouri and Texas.

Voting took place in schools nationwide from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21 and nearly 300,000 votes were cast by students in grades 4-12 across all 50 states, according to a news release.

However, Trump will get another chance with children as Nickelodeon has launched its annual “Kids Pick the President Kids Vote,” through Nov. 5.

Children can visit to cast their vote for Clinton, Trump or Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson to be the next president of the United States.

The “Kids Vote” results will be announced live on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9:35 p.m. during an evening of special programming featuring what the network said are fun, election-themed episodes of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series “Henry Danger,” “Game Shakers,” “School of Rock” and “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.”

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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