Democrats sweep in Wilton High School mock election

Election Day came early at Wilton High School: on Friday, Oct. 29, more than 600 students from all four classes emphatically cast their ballots in a simulation of the three upcoming national races. Throughout the day, a steady flow of students lined up to make their voices heard in the congressional, senatorial, and presidential match-ups.

The event was coordinated by the Wilton High School Model Congress, a club advised by Kenneth Dunaj, that grants students a powerful outlet for political expression and debate. The Wilton Registrars of Voters allowed for the use of their official privacy booths and ballots in an effort to maximize the authenticity of the election simulation.

Only students were allowed to vote. The high school’s Model Congress club counted ballots cast by over 45% of the school population on Friday afternoon; on Monday morning, the following results were announced:

In the congressional race,

  • 2% wrote in a candidate,

  • 44.4% voted for Republican John Shaban,

  • 53.5% voted for incumbent Democrat Jim Himes.

In the senatorial race,

  • 1.7% wrote in a candidate,

  • 2.7% voted for Green party candidate Jeff Russell,

  • 7.4% voted for Libertarian candidate Richard Lion,

  • 33.9% voted for Republican Dan Carter,

  • 54.3% voted for incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal.

Finally, in the presidential race,

  • 3% voted for Green party candidate Jill Stein,

  • 3.5% wrote in a candidate,

  • 3.9% voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson,

  • 38.4% voted for Republican Donald Trump,

  • 51.2% voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Overall, Democrats swept all three races by an average of 14.1%. Seniors had the highest voter turnout with 182 votes cast, followed by the juniors, freshmen, and sophomores, who cast 168, 128, and 124 votes, respectively.

In both previous Wilton High School mock elections (2004 and 2008), students’ decisions matched the eventual outcomes of the races; in just just a few days, it will be determined whether WHS continues this predictive streak.  

For more detailed figures on the mock election, visit