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The Iowa Youth Straw Poll, a non-scientific event through the Iowa Secretary of State’s office, favored Republicans, according to the secretary of state office.
Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds won the unscientific youth straw vote by about 46 percent of the vote, with Democrat candidate Fred Hubbell trailing, at 38 percent.
Republicans also won all of this year’s school votes for congressional races. Republican Reps. Rod Blum, David Young and Steve King won against their Democratic challengers, and candidate Christopher Peters got more straw votes than Democrat Rep. Dave Loebsack.
Nearly 40,000 votes, mainly from Iowa K-12 students, made up the results in this unscientific ballot. Schools from more than 92 counties participated in the poll, according to a secretary of state news release.
Secretary of State Paul Pate visited schools for the poll Tuesday.
The Iowa Youth Straw Poll is conducted for educational purposes only, the office said. The secretary of state website has results from this poll and previous years’ polls online.
In 2016, the youth straw vote went for now-President Donald Trump by 46 percent, where Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton only received 35.5 percent. In 2012, President Barack Obama won the youth vote by 54 percent, and presidential candidate Mitt Romney received just under 40 percent.
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