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Just shy of a year from the 2016 presidential elections, the competition among candidates for their respective parties’ bids is heating up.

The Central Florida Future conducted a two-week-long anonymous survey among students to find out who they plan to vote for in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections.

Of the 365 students who participated in the survey, the majority — 53.2 percent — leaned toward the Democrat candidates, while 46.8 percent favored Republican candidates.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) was the most popular candidate among those surveyed, as 38.6 percent of participants indicated he was their choice candidate.

In second place was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), with 12.6 percent of participant support.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was next with 10.96 percent of the vote, and hot on her trail was businessman Donald Trump (R-NY) with 10.68 percent.

While there was much speculation circulating about the possibility of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) entering the race, he announced Wednesday he will not run for President. Slightly more than 2 percent of those surveyed indicated they would vote for him.

Additionally, Jim Webb (D-VA) and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (D-RI) dropped their bids for the Democratic primary on Tuesday and Friday, respectively. Chafee barely garnered 0.6 percent of Knights’ votes, and Webb did not receive any votes from students.

There were no votes cast in the survey for Jim Gilmore (R-VA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bobby Jindal (R-LA) or George Pataki (R-NY).

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Danielle Hendrix is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByDaniHendrix or email her at DanielleH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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