2020 Election

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Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker’s Senate bid

TOPEKA — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara ...

Rep. Marshall’s primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

TOPEKA — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a tough year for the GOP. Marshall's first tasks were ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

5 area candidates advance through unopposed primaries

Five candidates in Douglas County faced no opposition Tuesday evening, and four of them will also run unopposed in November. Though running unopposed, all garnered significant numbers of votes in Tuesday's primary election. Those candidates are: -Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, who ...

Lieutenant wins in Douglas County sheriff primary

Story updated at 11 p.m. Tuesday: Lt. Jay Armbrister has won the race for Douglas County sheriff by close to 1,340 votes, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night. Barring a remarkably successful write-in campaign, Armbrister will likely be elected sheriff in the November ...

Kansas Rep. Watkins unseated after facing criminal charges

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Freshman Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins lost his Republican primary Tuesday after being charged with felony election fraud and other crimes. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner unseated Watkins after arguing that the criminal charges against Watkins made an ...

Douglas County deputy treasurer wins primary race for office’s top position

Douglas County’s deputy treasurer appears to have won the election to become the office’s next leader. Adam Rains, 32, who has served as the deputy treasurer for about five years, held a hefty lead over Timothy Morland, 44, a registration and tax clerk, for the Democratic primary election ...

Kansas GOP picks Rep. Marshall for Senate seat over Kobach

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year ...

Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders’ power to block Kobach

TOPEKA — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven't lost a Senate contest in Kansas ...