Abstract: This paper proposes an agent-based simulation of a presidential election,
inspired by the French 2017 presidential election. The simulation is based on
data extracted from polls, media coverage, and Twitter. The main contribution
is to consider the impact of scandals and media bashing on the result of the
election. In particular, it is shown that scandals can lead to higher
abstention at the election, as voters have no relevant candidate left to vote
for. The simulation is implemented in Unity 3D and is available to play online.