State and Region

Political novice Steve Watkins wins 2nd District race over Paul Davis

TOPEKA – Republican political newcomer Steve Watkins declared victory in the 2nd District congressional race Tuesday night, preventing what was otherwise considered a “blue wave” in U.S. House races from reaching fully into eastern Kansas. With all but four precincts reporting in the ...

Democrats on track to take control of U.S. House, but Republicans retain Senate

WASHINGTON — Democrats were on track to gain House control Tuesday night, but Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency. The Democrats picked up the 23 seats they would need to take from ...

‘Kansans voted for change,’ Gov.-elect Kelly says in victory speech

TOPEKA – Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly will become the 48th governor of Kansas in January. With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results Tuesday night showed Kelly leading Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, 48-43 percent, a margin of about 51,000 votes, with ...

Leavenworth County voters carry Karleskint to victory in 42nd House District

Leavenworth County voters carried incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint to victory in Tuesday's contest for the 42nd District Kansas House seat. The 42nd District includes Eudora in Douglas County, as well as the western parts of Leavenworth County, including Tonganoxie. In Douglas County, ...

Amyx begins new chapter with 45th District victory

Democrat Mike Amyx, a former Lawrence mayor and city commissioner, began a new chapter in his political career Tuesday with his election to the Kansas House of Representatives. Amyx led throughout the night in the contest against Republican Cynthia Smith, winning with just less than 70 percent ...

LGBT Native American Democrat wins Kansas 3rd District House race

TOPEKA — Democrat Sharice Davids unseated Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in Tuesday’s election to become the nation’s first LGBT and Native American woman in Congress. Four-term incumbent Yoder was vulnerable in the Kansas City-area 3rd District because of tepid support for President Donald ...

Survey: Immigration, health care top issues for Kansas voters

CHICAGO — Immigration and health care were the most important issues for Kansas voters casting midterm election ballots, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate. As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that ...

Candidates remain hopeful as voting begins in Kansas

TOPEKA - Candidates in two close races on Tuesday's ballot expressed cautious optimism as they went into the polls to cast their own ballots. Laura Kelly, the Democratic candidate for governor, cast her vote in central Topeka around 9 a.m., while Steve Watkins, the Republican candidate in the ...

More than 37,000 ballots cast in Douglas County by 3 p.m. on Election Day

Update: 3:50 p.m. Tuesday Many first-time voters cast their ballots at the University of Kansas’ Burge Union on Tuesday. A line of KU students stretched out the door of the conference room where ballot booths were set up for the students who live and are registered to vote on Daisy ...

Candidates make final pleas in advance of Election Day

TOPEKA – The major candidates in this week’s general election spent much of Monday crisscrossing Kansas as part of their last-minute get-out-the-vote drives. Voters in Kansas are selecting a new governor and at least one new member of the U.S. House. Also on the ballot are all the other ...

Democrats stem 20-year decline in Kansas voter registration numbers

WICHITA — Democrats halted a 20-year decline in Kansas voter registration numbers, but they still trail far behind the dominant Republican party, official figures released Monday show. On the eve of the 2018 midterm election, the Kansas secretary of state’s office released the latest ...

With three close races in Kansas, outcomes may be a matter of chance

TOPEKA – For the first time in many years, the reliably Republican state of Kansas has three major races on the ballot, all with national implications, that could swing either way on Tuesday. The race for governor and the 2nd District congressional race in eastern Kansas are both rated ...

Pittsburg State biology students monitoring endangered bats

Pittsburg — For some biology students at Pittsburg State University, bats aren’t creepy creatures of the night — they’re fascinating. In fact, students under the instruction of assistant biology professor Andrew George have been monitoring bat activity a few times every week since ...

The use of political text messages increases in Kansas. But why?

With Election Day just around the corner, many residents in Douglas County have found they are receiving political messaging in a much more direct manner — through text messages. Shanna Shafer, an unaffiliated voter in Lawrence, said she has received several text messages from both political ...