Mock Convention

Mock Convention

Beginning in 1908, W&L students have replicated the national convention of the party out of power in the White House every four years, continuing a tradition fueled by rigorous research and non-partisan student leadership. Mock Convention is now a 112-year tradition at W&L, and is the most accurate and realistic mock presidential nominating convention in the nation. 

Mock Con is entirely student-run and involves most of the student body, whether they are on the leadership team or are serving as delegates from their state. Students handle a multitude of tasks that include everything from fundraising and managing a $1 million budget to making sure bathrooms at the convention site are clearly marked. 

“Mock Convention is a chance for campus-wide unity,” said Mock Con 2020 General Chair Jimmy Fleck ’20. “Politics often divides people, but Mock Con is a chance for our whole community to come together.”


W&L’s 2024 Mock Convention Predicts Donald Trump Will Win Republican Nomination

A student-run academic exercise, Mock Con remains the most accurate political mock convention in the country

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Washington and Lee University’s 28th Mock Convention Brings Prominent Speakers to Campus

The student-led convention, held every four years, will bring several notable speakers to W&L on Feb. 9-10.

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Mock Con's memorabilia on display in Special Collections.

Special Collections Exhibit Showcases Mock Convention Memories

Washington and Lee University’s Special Collections and Archives has been working with the 2024 Mock Convention to debut an exhibit showcasing extraordinary items from past conventions.

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Mock Convention 2024's Presidential Gala in full swing

Mock Con’s Presidential Gala Creates Convention Buzz

The 28th Mock Convention’s Presidential Gala on Nov. 12 offered the campus a glimpse of the upcoming excitement for the 2024 mock presidential convention.

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Karl Rove to Speak at Mock Convention Auction During Parents and Family Weekend

Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, will deliver remarks at the Oct. 5 event. Tickets to the auction in Evans Hall remain available.

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier interviews former Vice President Mike Pence in University Chapel to kick off Mock Convention ’24.

Mock Convention’s Spring Kickoff Features Former Vice President

Mock Convention made its Spring Kickoff event an informative preview of upcoming convention conversations.

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Mock Convention Presents Spring Kickoff with Mike Pence and Bret Baier

The W&L community event will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in W&L’s University Chapel.

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Student Organization Spotlight: Mock Convention

Mock Convention is gathering steam as the organization prepares for its Spring Kickoff event on March 21.

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Mock Convention Welcomes Former First Lady and Daughter for Parents and Family Weekend Event

Hosted during Parents and Family Weekend, the Sept. 30 event will kick off the 28th Mock Convention.

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Jim Barton '20 and Donald LeCompte '21 go over security plans before Mock Con 2020.

Mock Con 2020’s Security Overhaul

Two W&L students dramatically upgraded security preparations for the biggest Mock Con yet.

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Mock Con wristbands

27th Mock Convention this Weekend at Washington and Lee

W&L’s Mock Con, one of the most ambitious student political research projects in the country, this year aims to predict the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.

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“The invaluable lessons I have learned from Mock Con, both in political analysis and leadership, will carry with me into my future endeavors, whatever they may be.”

John Harashinski
Major: American Politics • Minor: Education Policy