Virginia college's convention picks a GOP nominee: Trump

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Washington and Lee University students who have correctly picked the Republican presidential nominee at a mock convention since 1948 are predicting Donald Trump will be the party's pick this year.

By a better than 2-1 ratio, Trump topped his nearest competitor, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, during the mock convention at the school's Lexington campus. The billionaire businessman snared 1,320 student delegates to Cruz' 652.

Trump Tweeted his pleasure at the results, adding that "I hope you are right..."

The private college in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley holds a mock convention every four years to predict the nominee of the party out of power in the White House. Since the first convention in 1908, Washington and Lee students have been correct in their prediction 19 out of 25 times.