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Elementary school students correctly predict election for 48 years, choose 2016 winner

Source: Benjamin Franklin Elementary School / CBS News Source: Benjamin Franklin Elementary School / CBS News
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The students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School have a streak to protect on Election Tuesday - and they're banking on Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton to do so.

For the past 48 years, students at the New York elementary school have been casting their own votes to determine the winner of each presidential election, and they have been wrong yet. 

"We're pretty proud of it," school principal Patricia Moore told CBS News. "Every four years we continue it. We can't skip an election nationwide, so we can't skip it in our school."

Of course, the school's teachers were tasked with making sure the students were making an educated decision.

For months, students have been learning about the candidates who were only identified to them as "Candidate A" and "Candidate B," according to reporter Jennifer Earl.

Per tradition, the students were also informed about the country's current issues and how "A" and "B" believe they can be solved. 

After the students cast their votes in a small, private booth last week, the staff documented each of their picks on a spreadsheet. When the dust had settled, Clinton edged out Republican Donald Trump with 52 percent of the vote.

Moore said a fifth-grade social studies teacher began the activity nearly 50 years ago, and she believes it works because the students attending her school could represent the country well.

"We have minority groups, students that speak English as a second language, white collar, blue collar," Moore told CBS News.

Now, Moore and her 500 students - along with the rest of the United States - wait for Tuesday.

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