MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Republican candidate Donald Trump has won the first round of Minnesota’s mock election for high school students, narrowly beating out Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Secretary of State Steve Simon announced Tuesday the results of the Minnesota Students Vote 2016, which showed the flamboyant businessman taking 34.97 percent of the vote. Clinton was close behind, with 32.89 percent.READ MORE: Red Flag Warning In Effect For Northern Minnesota Counties
More than 77,000 students from 213 high schools participated in the first round of the mock election, Simon said. More schools are slated to hold mock elections in the coming days before the Nov. 8 general election.READ MORE: Minneapolis Police Investigating Saturday Afternoon Shooting In South Minneapolis
Following the two major parties, write-in candidates took nearly 10 percent of the student vote. The other parties that made a considerable showing were the Legal Marijuana Now Party and the Libertarian Party, each of which got around 6 percent of the vote.MORE NEWS: Woman Injured In South Minneapolis Shooting, Police Say
Maps of student voting statistics show that, in general, Trump won out in greater Minnesota while Clinton took the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Duluth.