And the GOP Nominee Is: Donald Trump*

*According to a Virginia college's long-standing mock convention
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2016 10:03 AM CST
And the GOP Nominee Is: Donald Trump*
Donald Trump after the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, SC.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Donald Trump may have had a bruising Saturday night debate, but he was feeling the love in a small town in Virginia known for picking presidential nominees: Washington and Lee University wrapped up its quadrennial Mock Convention on Saturday, and proclaimed "with bravado, perhaps characteristic of their nominee," that Trump will be the Republican nominee, reports the New York Times. In students' voting, Trump took 1,320 delegates to Ted Cruz's 652 and Marco Rubio's 399; nobody else cracked 100.

Why pay any mind to students at the tiny liberal arts college? Because their track record is pretty good: Students have correctly predicted the nominee of the party not currently in the White House 19 of 25 times, and have only been wrong twice since 1948. Of note, however, is that one of those times was in 2008, when W&L students predicted Hillary Clinton would be the Democrats' nominee. (More Washington and Lee University stories.)

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