Iowa State Fair Straw Poll results announced

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- More than 3,000 visitors cast votes in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s annual Iowa State Fair Straw Poll.

The questions included Iowans’ choice for governor, favorite college mascot, and favorite fair food. The poll was conducted at Secretary Pate’s booth throughout the Iowa State Fair.

Kim Reynolds was the winner in the Republican field for governor, with 77 percent of the vote.

Nate Boulton won for Democrats, with 38 percent of the vote.

Jake Porter picked up support from 52 percent of those casting votes for the Libertarian nominee for governor.

“Other Party” was selected by 14 percent of the vote, which was 441 of the 3,144 voters.

Pork Chop on a Stick earned the most votes among six choices for Favorite State Fair Food, with 23 percent. Corn Dog placed second, with 17 percent, and Cookies in a Cup finished a close third, at 16 percent.

Herky the Hawkeye was the preferred choice for State Fair visitors’ favorite college mascot. Herky edged out Iowa State University’s Cy, 40-37 percent. The difference was only 115 votes.

“I want to thank the thousands of Iowans who visited our State Fair booth and cast a ballot in the straw poll, registered to vote, wrote a tribute through our Honor a Veteran program, or registered their business online with Google,” Secretary Pate said.