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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The votes might not count, but some middle schoolers got a chance Friday to decide who they want to be our next president.

Northgate Middle School in the Northland held a mock election that allowed students to vote in four races; president, governor, senator and representative.

Their teachers talked about all of the candidates beforehand so the students would be able to form their own opinions.

Students say they appreciated getting an up close look at what an election is like.

"I think it's very important that we get to be a part of this because we get to learn what will happen or what it's like to be a part of something that's going to have such a big affect on the United States," seventh grader Jocelyn He said.

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