- Martha Kennedy Morales, a third grader at Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland, lost her class presidential election.
- The eight-year-old was running against a fourth-grade-boy and lost the election by one vote.
- Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton learned of the election through Facebook posts from Martha’s father, and decided to write to her.
Hillary Clinton wrote a personal letter to an eight-year-old girl to console her after she lost a class presidential election to an older boy.
Third grader Martha Kennedy Morales lost the the race by a single vote at Friends Community School, a small private Quaker school in College Park, Maryland, about two weeks ago, according to the Washington Post.
Martha is in a combined third and fourth-grade class at Friends Community School, and she lost the race to a boy in the fourth grade.
“As I know too well, it’s not easy when you stand up and put yourself in contention for a role that’s only been sought by boys,” Clinton, who was the first woman to be nominated as a major party’s presidential candidate in US history in 2016, wrote in the letter she sent to Martha’s home.
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Upon losing the presidential race, Martha was declared vice president of the class.
Clinton told Martha in the letter that she learned about the election through a Facebook post from the girl’s father.
“As you continue to learn and grow in the years ahead, never stop standing up for what is right and seeking opportunities to be a leader, and know that I am cheering you on for a future of great success,” Clinton wrote in the letter.
Martha’s father, Albert Morales, had routinely posted updates about Martha’s campaign on Facebook.
“It was really touching to know that Hillary Clinton herself sent me a letter,” Martha, who turns nine next week, told CNN about receiving the note from Clinton. “That doesn’t happen every day.”
Albert Morales said he and his wife were thrilled to learn the former secretary of state had written a letter to their daughter.
“As a father, my wife and I are thrilled because she does look up to the secretary,” he told CNN. “We try to encourage her to learn as much about public figures as possible. It’s just been really nice to see someone like the secretary take the time to actually write a little girl who lost an election by one vote, but got back up.”
As for being vice president, Martha said she’s looking forward to the role.
“I’m happy I get to be the tie-breaker when the House and the Senate can’t agree on something,” she told CNN.
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