Mock Democratic Convention

By: Lorilee Victorino Email
By: Lorilee Victorino Email

This day of the South Carolina Primary marks a significant tradition in the Commonwealth. Saturday is day two of Washington and Lee's Mock Convention in Lexington.

With the unpredictability of the 2008 Presidential election, this mock convention could help foretell the Democratic nominee for president. It's a tradition marking 100 years of accuracy, except for one in 1948, for presidential nominees for the party currently not in office.

Opening the convention, U.S. Senator Jim Webb, former Congressman Harold Ford Jr., following West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, all stressed the importance of the predictions.

Student delegates say their confident of their pick this year: Senator Hillary Clinton with 2,117 delegate votes, while Senator Barack Obama got 1,642 and John Edwards got 288.

After the announcement of Hillary Clinton's nomination, there was a surprise call from former President Bill Clinton himself who thanked the crowd for their support.

Following the call, nominations for vice president came in that predict former Congressman Ford will be Vice President.

Regardless of whether this mock convention makes the correct predictions, Ford may have said it best.

He says, "The choices you make this early afternoon is one that America will look to, the one the candidates will listen to, and I dare say the voters, the most important, will look to and listen to as well.

Students chose their nominee through research and polls in all 50 states. This year, more than 95 percent of the 1,800 undergraduates at the school participated in the mock Democratic convention. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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