In a mock election among Gahanna Lincoln High School students, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a big winner, according to results the high school released Oct. 24.

In a mock election among Gahanna Lincoln High School students, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a big winner, according to results the high school released Oct. 24.

Gahanna intervention specialist Tiffany L. Hanna said the student "voters" cast 459 votes for Clinton, 274 votes for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and 113 votes for write-in candidates on Oct. 19.

Channel One News, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt company, organized OneVote2016, which brings a yearlong, interactive learning program to upper elementary, middle and high schools across the country.

The program culminated with the mock election held nationwide Oct. 17-21.

Hanna said Gahanna Lincoln students care the most about civil rights and social issues, terrorism and broken government, according to exit polling.

Students with special needs hosted the voting at Gahanna Lincoln, marking the first time Gahanna has participated as a school in OneVote.

Channel One News released results from participating schools in Ohio and throughout the country on Oct. 25.

Hillary Creedon, senior communications associate for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said Trump was the Ohio winner of OneVote2016, while Clinton won the national student mock election.

According to their results, Trump won 47 percent of the popular vote in Ohio, with Clinton winning 39 percent and "other" candidates, 14 percent.

As part of the mock election, students were asked about the political issues most important to them.

In Ohio, Creedon said, top issues included terrorism, selected by 20 percent of participating students; gun control, 14 percent; and education, 11 percent.

The top issues students named nationally were terrorism, 19 percent; education, 12 percent; and gun control, 11 percent.

Nationally for OneVote2016, Clinton received 47 percent of the popular vote and 365 out of 538 Electoral College votes, winning key swing states including Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.

Trump received 41 percent of the popular vote and 173 Electoral College votes, while "other" candidates, who included Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, received 12 percent.

"If our students were voting today, they would have elected the first female president of the United States," said Angela Hunter, senior vice president and executive producer at Channel One News, in a press 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."

She said it has been evident throughout the campaign that students care about political issues as well the tenor of political discourse in the country.

"They are deeply invested in the outcome of this election," Hunter added. "Our mock election has accurately predicted the next president of the United States in every OneVote poll since the program began in 1992."

As part of the program, students in grades 4-12 cast nearly 300,000 "votes" across all 50 states.

Clinton carried several states, including:

* Arizona: Clinton 53 percent, Trump 29 percent, other 18 percent.

* Colorado: Clinton 55 percent, Trump 33 percent, other 11 percent.

* Florida: Clinton 53 percent, Trump 35 percent, other 12 percent.

* Maine: Clinton 48.5 percent, Trump 37 percent, other 14.5 percent.

* Nevada: Clinton 65 percent, Trump 25 percent, other 10 percent.

* New Hampshire: Clinton 48.5 percent, Trump 38.5 percent, other 13 percent.

* North Carolina: Clinton 56 percent, Trump 35 percent, other 9 percent.

* Pennsylvania: Clinton 51 percent, Trump 40 percent, other 9 percent.

* Virginia: Clinton 45 percent, Trump 41 percent, other 14 percent.

Trump carried:

* Georgia: Trump 47 percent, Clinton 39 percent, other 14 percent.

* Iowa: Trump 47 percent, Clinton 37 percent, other 16 percent.

* Michigan: Trump 44 percent, Clinton 43 percent, other 13 percent.

* Ohio: Trump 47 percent, Clinton 39 percent, other 14 percent.

Visit OneVote.com for more information, including an electoral map and state-by-state breakdown of the OneVote2016 results.

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