Trump is leading Clinton in the first-ever statewide mock election for high schoolers, according to preliminary results from the Secretary of State's office. Across the metro area, high school student votes varied, representing a patchwork of views in a group that mostly won't be old enough to cast ballots Election Day.
Trump took home about 35 percent of the mock vote statewide, compared to Clinton's nearly 33 percent. About 77,000 students participated from 213 schools.
The point of the mock election is to get "good habits started early," said Secretary of State Steve Simon in a release Tuesday.
He added that "tens of thousands of young and soon-to-be voters had the opportunity to get invaluable, hands-on experience with the electoral process."
The two Minneapolis high schools listed in the Secretary of State's ballot count went for Clinton. Almost 64 percent of Edison High School kids cast ballots for Clinton. At Southwest High, almost 75 percent voted for Clinton, and about 2 percent voted for Trump. Blake School kids went for Clinton, as did students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High.
In St. Paul, Como Park High went for Clinton with about 62 percent of ballots cast; Trump took home almost 8 percent of the vote there. Central High School students chose Clinton, too -- she received almost 69 percent of ballots cast to Trump's 5 percent.
The schools in the list of the first round of results submitted their results by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 to be included, the Secretary of State's release said. The results will be updated with more schools who hadn't yet turned theirs in.
Across the metro area, schools that went for Trump included Andover High, Anoka High, Blaine High, Chanhassen High, East Ridge High in Woodbury, Hastings High, Lakeville North High and Prior Lake High.
Schools that went for Clinton included Bloomington Jefferson High, Chaska High, Coon Rapids High, Hopkins High, North High in North St. Paul, Robbinsdale Cooper High, Robbinsdale Armstrong High, Shakopee High, Wayzata High and Woodbury High.
The two candidates tied at Mahtomedi High School.