Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate visited with DC-G students while they voted at the school on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, more than 300 high schools across the State of Iowa participated in the Youth Straw Poll, conducted by the Iowa Secretary of State's office. High school students from grades 9-12 casted a vote for President, U.S. Senator and for U.S. Representative.
In the race for President, it was the Republican nominee, Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holding a sizable, double-digit edge. He took 45.7 percent of the vote (25,793 votes) while the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton and her running mate Sen. Time Kaine (D-Va.) took 35.7 percent (20,186) statewide.
In the race for the U.S. Senate seat up for election this year, it was the incumbent Chuck Grassley holding a very large advantage. He took 61.8 percent (28,233 votes) of the students' votes while the challenger, Patty Judge took 25.5 percent (11,639 votes) overall.
In the race for U.S. Representative for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, it was the incumbent and Van Meter native, David Young, who took the win amongst the students. He took 56.2 percent of the vote (7,733 votes) while the challenger, Jim Mowrer, the Democratic nominee, took 31 percent (4,264 votes).
In every race that was voted on by the students across Iowa on Tuesday, the Republican candidate took the majority of the vote with the race for U.S. Representative for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. Democrat Dave Loebsack had five more votes than Christopher Peters and the race ended in a virtual tie.
In the race for Iowa's 1st Congressional District, Republican Rod Blum defeated Democrat Monica Vernon with 59.4 percent of the vote and in Iowa's 4th Congressional District, Republican Steve King dominated, defeating Democrat Kim Weaver with 74.9 percent.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate organized the Straw Poll as a part of Elections 101, which also included a Youth Caucus on Nov. 19, 2015. Pate visited Dallas Center-Grimes High School during the Straw Poll on Monday and interacted with students while they casted their votes.
He said that the interactions with the students at the schools have been "refreshing."
"Younger people, they take the filters off so it's kind of straight talk... And some of them said 'hey, we're tired of the negative campaigning' or 'we're not happy with either of the candidates that are running for a certain office,'" Pate said. "And that's when I share with them, that's why primaries are so important or the caucuses because we had 17 Republicans and five Democrats running earlier and now you're down to the two."
Voting in the Straw Poll was open, not only to 18-year-olds in the high school who will be eligible to vote on Nov. 8, but to everyone in the high school and Pate said there were a couple of reasons for that.
"One is we obviously want young people to understand this is an important role they have as a citizen and a part of the community," Pate said. "The other is, I want the politicians, the people running for office, to wake up and listen to these young voices that are coming up because the millennials are now a greater influence than even us baby boomers so they are a voice to recon with and this is a part of it."
Blum said they talk to students in classes about how the government affects them every day.
"Voting is... one of those ways that they can be involved and we encourage them to get involved and volunteer and be a part of the process in any way they can and this is just a neat way to kind of put it out there a little bit more," Blum said.
The General Election, where the votes will really count, is on Nov. 8.