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The early (mock) results are in: Here's who Minnesota high schoolers are voting for

Donald Trump has jumped out to a voting lead in Minnesota ... in a mock election for 9-12 graders in state schools.
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Donald Trump has jumped out to a voting lead in Minnesota ... in a mock election for 9th through 12th graders.

The Minnesota Secretary of State's Office released the initial batch of results from the first ever statewide mock high school election. With 213 out of 280 schools reporting, Republican candidate Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have the lead.

With 26,930 votes, Trump has just a shade under 35 percent of the vote.

Hillary Clinton is at 25,333 votes – 32.89 percent of ballots cast.

Just under 10 percent cast write-in votes, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein following at 5.68 and 3.59 percent of votes respectively.

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Around 77,000 students have cast their ballots so far with more to come in the next week. The Secretary of State's website will be updated as those results appear.

Trump's edge among high schoolers comes despite predictions Minnesota will vote Democrat come next Tuesday, with Clinton holding a healthy lead in recent polls.

Mock vs real votes

The map of how Minnesota students voted shows an interesting correlation with how Minnesotans voted during the 2012 elections.

Among high schoolers' mock votes, Clinton is winning in more densely populated areas while Trump is the pick in rural areas. That might suggest the next generation of voters is influenced by parents' political persuasions.

Here's the student vote map.

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Below is the voting breakdown from the 2012 election between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

One area there appears to be different is in the northern parts of St. Louis County, which mainly voted Obama in 2012 but appears to be leaning Trump now.

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Here are the places you could find students voting for Jill Stein.

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And Gary Johnson.

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To find news, commentary, and local events leading up to the 2016 election, head to GoVote MN.

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