Who Won in Kansas Elections?

Get the latest results from the 2018 Kansas elections. See which candidates won in the primaries and find out who is running in the general election.

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The Winners

The people of Kansas have spoken, and these are the winners of the 2018 Kansas elections.

The Losers

There were a lot of close races in the 2018 Kansas elections, but unfortunately, the results weren’t all that we had hoped for. Here is a list of some of the big loser in this year’s elections:

-Governor Jeff Colyer: He was beaten by Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
-State Senator Lynn Rogers: He lost his seat to will wind up losing his seat to Caryn Tyson in the general election.
-State Representative Ron Highland: He was defeated in his bid for re-election by Brad Miller.

The Close Races

Though Republicans swept every statewide office in Kansas, many of the margins were close.

In the race for governor, incumbent Republican Jeff Colyer was defeated by Secretary of State Kris Kobach by a margin of less than 200 votes.

Kansas’s lone congressional seat was also competitive, with Democrat Paul Davis falling just short against Republican Steve Watkins.

The race for attorney general was another close one, with Republican Derek Schmidt defeating Democrat Sarah Swain by fewer than 5,000 votes.

The Implications

The night of the Kansas elections brought many close races and some surprises. Here are some of the most interesting outcomes and what they could mean for the future:

-The close race for governor between Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly was called by The Associated Press early Wednesday morning, with Kobach leading by just over 200 votes out of more than 311,000 cast. Kobach is a close ally of President Donald Trump, and his victory could bolster the president’s chances in 2020.
-In the race for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Sharice Davids unseated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder. Davids is a Native American lesbian, and her win makes her one of the first Native American women elected to Congress.
-Democrat Stephen Marshall won the race for attorney general, becoming the first Democrat to hold that office in Kansas in more than 80 years.
-In Wichita, voters elected Brandon Whipple as their next mayor. He is the city’s first openly gay mayor.

The Reactions

It has been a long election process, and finally, the people of Kansas have weighed in on who they want to represent them. Here are the reactions from some of the candidates.

The Aftermath

The aftermath of the Kansas elections is still being felt across the state. With a few key races still undecided, here’s a look at the winners and losers from last night.

The Analysis

After all the ballots were tallied, it was clear that the Democrats had won a slim victory in the midterm elections in Kansas. The Republicans had hoped to take control of the state legislature, but the Democrats were able to maintain their majority.

The results of the election will have a significant impact on the state’s future. The Democrats’ win means that they will be able to maintain control of the governor’s office and continue to pass legislation that is favorable to their party. This is a major victory for the Democratic Party in Kansas and will likely have ripple effects throughout the country.

The Takeaways

It was a big night for the Democrats in Kansas, as they swept all statewide races. Here are the main takeaways from the elections:

-The Democrats won the gubernatorial race, with Laura Kelly defeating Republican Kris Kobach.
-The Democrats also won the race for attorney general, with Dutch Ruppersberger defeating RepublicanCraig Lawrence.
-In the state legislature, the Democrats picked up a total of nine seats in both the House and Senate.

With these victories, the Democrats will now have full control of state government in Kansas.

The Next Steps

While the ballots are still being counted in some areas and the final results may not be known for days or weeks, it is clear that a number of close elections were decided in Kansas on Tuesday. With control of the state legislature at stake, both parties will be taking a close look at the remaining votes to see if there are any indications of what might happen when all the votes are finally tallied.

In the meantime, here are some of the key races that were decided on Tuesday, and what comes next for those who were victorious.

Kansas State Senate
The Kansas State Senate was one of the most closely watched races in the state on Tuesday, with Democrats hoping to flip control of the chamber after years of Republican dominance. While it is still too early to say definitively which party will end up in control, it appears that the Republicans will maintain their slim majority in the chamber.

As of Wednesday morning, Republicans held a 19-12 lead in the State Senate, with one seat still too close to call. It is possible that this margin could change as more votes are counted, but it seems unlikely that Democrats will be able to pick up enough seats to take control of the chamber.

Kansas House of Representatives
The Kansas House of Representatives was also up for grabs on Tuesday, with Democrats looking to wrest control away from Republicans who have held a majority in the chamber for years. However, it appears that Republicans will maintain their majority in the House, albeit by a much narrower margin than they currently enjoy.

As of Wednesday morning, Republicans held a 71-56 lead in the Kansas House of Representatives, with three seats still too close to call. This leaves Democrats with a slim chance of flipping control of the chamber if they can win all three of these remaining contested seats. However, it seems more likely than not that Republicans will hang on to their House majority when all is said and done.

The Wildcards

In the general election for Kansas governor on November 6, 2018, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Republican Kris Kobach by a margin of 5.8%. She will succeed term-limited Republican Governor Sam Brownback.

The election was seen as a bellwether for the country, as Kobach ran on a hard-right platform of voter ID laws and opposition to illegal immigration, while Kelly ran on a more moderate platform. The race was one of the most watched and expensive in the country, with outside groups spending more than $20 million to influence the outcome.

In the end, Kelly’s victory was due in large part to her strong performance in the state’s urban areas, while Kobach did well in rural areas. But it was also due to a third-party candidate, Greg Orman, who siphoned off enough votes from Kobach to hand Kelly victory.

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