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Sanders, Rubio Winners in Presidential Primary Straw Poll

October 30, 2015

Chip Underhill
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7326 (Desk)


Student Ambassadors host straw pollMANCHESTER, NH - In an October 28 U.S. Presidential primary straw poll of Saint Anselm College students, Bernie Sanders emerged the leading Democratic candidate, with Marco Rubio edging Donald Trump for the Republican Party's nomination.

Sanders received over 60% of Democratic votes cast in the mock election, with challenger Hillary Clinton showing over 35% of her party's votes. Rubio recorded nearly 27% of votes cast for Republican candidates; Trump received just over 26% of Republican votes.

Of total votes cast, Sanders received 28%, the greatest number of the fourteen candidates in the two parties. Clinton tallied 16.38% of total votes. Rubio recorded 14.1% of all votes cast. Trump received 14.01%.

The mock election was held as national attention remains focused on New Hampshire, site of the first-in-the-nation primary and Saint Anselm College, where the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) serves as a political gathering place of all major contenders for the White House.

To cast their votes, students placed a golden wooden egg in a bag marked with the logo of each particular candidate.  Consistent with the large vote total for Sanders, a second decorated bag was required to accommodate that many more eggs. The wooden egg is a tradition of Politics & Eggs, a traditional NH event series conducted by the New England Council and the NHIOP.

Turnout over daylong polling on October 28, 2016 at Saint Anselm College's Davison Dining Hall recorded 464 students, 24.4% of total student enrollment. The straw poll was conducted by Brandon Pratt, class of 2018, for the Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador program of the NHIOP.

"Students at Saint Anselm have the unique opportunity to regularly interact with presidential candidates," said Pratt. "This straw poll, and the wide spread of votes, shows just how important the youth vote will be to presidential candidates in the 2016 election cycle."

Voting concluded at 7 p.m., prior to the Republican Party debate in Colorado. Earlier in the day, as polling continued elsewhere on campus, Hillary Clinton appeared at Saint Anselm College for "Politics & Eggs."  

About Saint Anselm
Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts and nursing programs as well as for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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