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Final Iowa State Fair Straw Poll results show support for incumbents; John Wayne, Reba McEntire, Pork Chop on a Stick are Fair favorites
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE: sos.iowa.gov
E-MAIL: sos@sos.iowa.gov
OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE
MEDIA CONTACT:
Kevin Hall
Communications Director
Kevin.Hall@sos.iowa.gov
(515) 725-2942
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 20, 2018

Final Iowa State Fair Straw Poll results show support for incumbents; John Wayne, Reba McEntire, Pork Chop on a Stick are Fair favorites


DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s annual State Fair Straw Poll shows incumbents were favored in the races for governor and three out of the four races for Congress. More than 3,200 State Fair attendees participated in the poll. It was conducted on iPads inside Secretary Pate’s booth throughout the State Fair.

Along with Iowa’s gubernatorial and congressional races, John Wayne was chosen as Iowa’s favorite celebrity, Reba McEntire garnered the most votes for favorite State Fair Grandstand Act, and Pork Chop on a Stick won favorite State Fair food.

“Thanks to the thousands of Iowans who participated in the State Fair Straw Poll and visited our booth over the past 11 days,” Secretary Pate said. “We helped Iowans register to vote, provided free resources to small business owners, collected many new tributes for our Honor a Veteran with Your Vote program, and encouraged civic engagement to thousands of young people. As always, it was a terrific Iowa State Fair.”

Secretary Pate also expresses gratitude to Google Small Business, Iowa’s Small Business Development Centers, and the Iowa League of Heroes for their partnership during this year’s State Fair.

Here are the final results of Secretary Pate’s State Fair Straw Poll. The poll is unscientific and intended for entertainment purposes only.

Who do you support for Governor of Iowa?
R-Kim Reynolds: 54%
D-Fred Hubbell: 39%
L-Jake Porter: 4%
Other: 3%

Who do you support for U.S. Congress, First District?
R-Rod Blum: 58%
D-Abby Finkenauer: 38%
L-Troy Hageman: 1%
Other: 2%

Who do you support for U.S. Congress, Second District?
R-Christopher Peters: 48%
D-Dave Loebsack: 46%
L-Mark Davis Strauss: 2%
Other: 5%

Who do you support for U.S. Congress, Third District?
R-David Young: 52%
D-Cindy Axne: 41%
L-Bryan Jack Holder: 5%
Other: 3%

Who do you support for U.S. Congress, Fourth District?
R-Steve King: 51%
D-J.D. Scholten: 38%
L-Charles Aldrich: 6%
Other: 5%

Who is your favorite Iowa celebrity?
John Wayne: 26%
Ashton Kutcher: 21%
Shawn Johnson: 11%
Maddie Poppe: 9%

What is your favorite State Fair food?
Pork Chop on a Stick: 27%
Corn Dog: 20%
Turkey Leg: 6%
Fried Twinkie: 2%
Other: 27%

What is your favorite State Fair Grandstand Act?
Reba McEntire: 20%
Earth, Wind & Fire: 14%
Jim Gaffigan: 13%
Casting Crowns: 12%
Florida Georgia Line: 12%
Sugarland: 11%

Full results are available at the Secretary of State’s website, sos.iowa.gov.

A picture of Secretary Pate at his State Fair booth with the Iowa League of Heroes is available for your use at this link.

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