Students from more than 140 schools voted in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll this week.
Every K-12 school across the state were invited to vote for their preferred candidates in the races for Iowa Governor and Iowa’s U.S. Senate and House.
Locally, the West Delaware School District took part – along with Starmont, Monticello, Oelwein and Clayton Ridge high schools.
The students voted to re-elect Republican governor Kim Reynolds with 60% of the vote. Democratic Deidre DeJear had 31% and Libertarian Rick Stewart picked up 9%.
Republican Chuck Grassley came out on top in the U.S. Senate race, defeating Democrat Michael Franken 61 to 39 percent.
And in the First Congressional District, Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated Christina Bohannon 58 to 42 percent, while Republican Ashley Hinson won 66 to 34 percent over Liz Mathis in the Second District.
Secretary of State Paul Pate says he appreciates everyone who participated.
Traditionally, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll has served as a good indicator of how the actual elections will shape up.
photo courtesy of Secretary of State’s Office