"The Road to the White House Starts at Western Illinois University."

And it starts tomorrow and continues over five nights. It's the third time WIU has hosted that activity, to replicate the electoral process starting with a mock Iowa caucus.

"Many of the candidates are over in Iowa, trying to garner votes at the caucuses the first week in February. We want to frontload that a little bit ... going all the way through the Electoral College vote" Nov. 2. The process the last two mock elections, in 2008 and 2012, ended with Barack Obama being elected president.

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Candidates have been invited. Hardy says some will at least send surrogates.
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