Governor Reynolds Wins ‘Cast Your Kernel,’ Here’s What History Says About Her Victory

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DES MOINES, Iowa–More than 61,000 people took part in Channel 13’s unscientific “Cast Your Kernel” contest during the Iowa State Fair. Fair goers dropped a corn kernel into the jar of the candidate they wanted to be the next governor.

Here were the final results:

Governor Kim Reynolds (Republican): 51.6%

Fred Hubbell (Democrat): 45.6%

Jake Porter (Libertarian): 2.8%

Total kernels cast: 61,381 (That is 7.5 kernels per minute). 

Reynolds’  margin of victory, by historical standards of the poll over the past decade, is small for a Republican.

Political Director Dave Price explains here.

Barack Obama remains the only Democrat to win a "Cast Your Kernel" contest. In 2008, Obama edged out Republican John McCain, 51 to 49%, with 48,865 kernels cast.

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