Reynolds, Grassley win Iowa Youth Straw Poll

(ABC 6 News) – The results are in for Iowa’s Youth Straw Poll.

According to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, a total of 16,629 students from more than 140 schools around Iowa voted in the poll this week.

Students in every K-12 school across the state were invited to vote for their preferred candidates in Iowa’s U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Gubernatorial races.

The purpose of the poll is to serve as a fun, hands-on, learning activity to engage young people in civics.

The results show incumbent Republican Governor Kim Reynolds over Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear 60% to 31% with Libertarian Rick Stewart receiving 9% of the vote.

The U.S. Senate race went to Republican Chuck Grassley with 61% of the vote over Democrat Michael Franken who had 39%.

Iowa’s four U.S. House races were polled as well. In the First Congressional District, Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated Christina Bohannon 58%-42%. Republican Ashley Hinson won 66%-34% over Liz Mathis in the Second District.

Democrat Cindy Axne defeated Republican Zach Nunn in Iowa’s Third District, 56%-44%. Republican Randy Feenstra picked up 63% of the vote in the Fourth District, with Democrat Ryan Melton at 23% and Liberty Party Caucus candidate Bryan Jack Holder at 14%

“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 students who made their voices heard,” said Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. “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.”

To view the results of the poll, CLICK HERE.