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Reynolds projected winner of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll; Blum, Peters, Young, King win congressional races
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE:
Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942
October, 31 2018

Reynolds projected winner of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll; Blum, Peters, Young, King win congressional races

DES MOINES – Nearly 40,000 votes have been tallied in Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's Fall 2018 Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Although some results continue to trickle in, Secretary Pate projects Kim Reynolds the winner in the gubernatorial race. Rod Blum, Christopher Peters, David Young and Steve King are the projected winners in Iowa's four congressional races, respectively.

As of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 39,937 votes had been tallied, with hundreds of schools participating, covering 92 counties. Secretary Pate invited every school and youth group in Iowa to take part in the straw poll. Most of the participants are high school students.

"I want to thank all the teachers, principals and staff that helped make the Youth Straw Poll possible, but most importantly, thank you to the 40,000 students who made their voices heard," Secretary Pate said. "This was hopefully a valuable, hands-on learning experience for them, and I hope all of them will continue to be a voter throughout their lives."

The vast majority of participants, 84 percent, said they would register to vote when they old enough.

Results are available on the Iowa Secretary of State's website, The results are unscientific. The Iowa Youth Straw Poll is conducted for educational purposes only.

Photos of students participating in the Youth Straw Poll are available on Twitter and Facebook, using the #BeAVoter hashtag. The posts are retweeted and shared on Secretary Pate's social media accounts.

A list of schools that participated and reported results can be found here.