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Your Front Row Seat to History: Washington and Lee's 26th Mock Convention


The Washington and Lee University Mock Convention is a mock presidential nominating process with over 100 years of success. Every four years, Mock Convention attempts to predict who the party currently out of power in the White House will nominate to run for president of the United States. Distinguished by unmatched accuracy and undergraduate participation rates, Mock Convention has attracted some of the most respected names in politics to Lexington over its 108-year history.

Mock Convention is, at its core, a research project. Since the inaugural convention in 1908, Washington and Lee students have been correct in their prediction 19 times out of 25. They've been correct about the Republican Party since 1948.

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What the Experts Say

Mock Convention's research project is driven by 56 state and territory delegations comprising enthusiastic students who are charged with conducting extensive research to predict the eventual nomination of a candidate.

Behind the Scenes

Mock Convention is a student organization run entirely by Washington and Lee University undergraduates. While over 90% of students join one of the 56 state and territory delegations, a few select students take on major leadership roles spanning more than two years of preparation. See the full list of student leaders, whose hard work and dedication culminate in this weekend long extravaganza.

Get an in-depth perspective on the student experience from some of the leadership team:

In Their Own Words

Meet the whole team and listen to how Mock Con has shaped their academic and extracurricular life at W&L.


Mock Convention 2016: Session Four


Time Event
5:00 PM Mudd Center Debate: "The Ethics of Citzenship"
Featuring William Galston of the Brookings Institution and Peter Wehner of the Public Policy Center
Doors Open 4:15 PM
9:30 AM Delegates Parade
Downtown Lexington
1:30 PM Convention Session One
Featuring Strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson and Political Advocate Grover Norquist
Doors Open 12:30 PM
7:00 PM Convention Session Two
Featuring Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Editor Rich Lowry, Political Commentator Ann Coulter and Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Doors Open 6:00 PM
10:00 AM Convention Session Three
Featuring Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Economist Steve Moore and Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie
Doors Open 9:00 PM
3:00 PM Convention Session Four
Featuring Alumnus and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
Doors Open 2:00 PM

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