Don't Worry, Hill, This School Loves You

Virginia college known for picking winners calls her the nominee
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 8:00 PM CST
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at a campaign event in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It may not have been her night in South Carolina, but Hillary Clinton can take solace from the results out of a small liberal arts college in Virginia whose students pick political winners with uncanny accuracy. Washington and Lee University's mock convention pegged Clinton as the eventual nominee, WDBJ7 reports. Students there have been wrong only five times in a century and just once since 1948.

"People do realize that we have a history," said the convention's chairman. "We're staking that history on Hillary Clinton." The convention has enough clout that it warranted a phone call from Bill Clinton after the results came in. "Stay active," he told students. "We can move this country forward." The convention picked former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford as Clinton's VP.