DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s State Fair Straw Poll shows Governor Kim Reynolds with a significant lead in the Republican field, and State Senator Nate Boulton leads the Democrats vying for governor. Those are the results so far of the poll conducted at the Secretary of State’s fair booth.

Amongst votes cast Thursday-Sunday at the State Fair, Reynolds garnered support from 78 percent of Republican voters. Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett picked up 11 percent of the votes.

Nate Boulton is ahead in the Democratic field, with 39 percent support. Fred Hubbell is second with 18 percent.

Jake Porter leads Marco Battaglia in the Libertarian Party’s race, 55–40.

“Voting can be fun and we use the State Fair Straw Poll as a way to encourage voting and engagement in elections,” Secretary Pate said. “It’s purely for entertainment purposes and not scientific, but I do believe the poll provides some interesting insight.”

Pork Chop on a Stick is fairgoers’ preferred State Fair delicacy in the votes cast so far. 26 percent of voters chose Pork Chop on a Stick. Cookies in a Cup and Corn Dog are in a tight race for second place, with 17 percent and 16 percent, respectively, in the poll for “Favorite State Fair Food”. 

University of Iowa mascot Herky and Iowa State University mascot Cy are in a tight battle for “Favorite College Mascot” among State Fair attendees. Herky leads with 40 percent of the votes. Cy places second, at 37 percent.

More than 1,000 fairgoers have voted so far. Secretary Pate’s Straw Poll is being conducted at his State Fair booth, inside the Varied Industries Building. Ipads are available to cast your vote. The poll runs through the duration of the Iowa State Fair, concluding on August 20. For live, real time results, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website,


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