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Political Website Created by Huntsman Students Awarded $5,000

Utah State Today

A panel of judges recently recognized a political website that claims it can predict poll numbers in advance with a first-place award and $5,000.

The website, Politicit.com, was created by students, alumni and a faculty member from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. It took the top honors in a business innovation contest called Opportunity Quest.

The website analyzes multiple online sources to come up with what it calls an “IT score,” that offers a daily snapshot of how each presidential candidate is doing with the public. Using this technology the company says it has been able to predict poll numbers in advance.

The new website was selected from among 10 finalists as the winner of the business innovation competition that was open to all Utah State University students. Politicit.com now focuses on the race for Republican presidential nomination, and the creators of the site are working on similar features for local political races.

Josh Light, CEO of Politicit.com, said his group’s first-place finish was exciting, but their work is far from done.

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