Just last week Kansans went to the polls to select their candidates in the August Primary Election. Today, a full week later we are still counting votes. The Republican governor race is still in limbo. As of this writing, Kris Kobach leads Gov. Colyer by 206 votes; that is up from 191 on election night. But some big counties are reviewing provisional ballots as we speak, and things could change. See; https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article216625110.html
Further muddying the issue is the fact that some poll workers mistakenly advised unaffiliated voters to fill out provisional ballots instead of having them declare a party and then cast their vote. How those ballots are dealt with remains to be seen, but this is an area ripe for legal action.
As Republicans work the process and mull the possibility of a recount, Laura Kelly, the Democrat nominee, is fundraising and campaigning. Joining her is independent candidate Greg Orman who just last week turned in over 10,000 signatures to get on the general election ballot. See; http://www.cjonline.com/news/20180806/independent-greg-orman-submits-10000-signatures-in-bid-to-qualify-for-kansas-gubernatorial-ballot
Democrats see an opening should Kobach win the nomination. One poll has shown Laura Kelly winning a three-way race against Kobach but losing to Colyer under similar circumstances. See; https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article215375450.html
Statewide Races General Election Match-Up
Secretary of State - Rep. Scott Schwab (R-Olathe) vs. Brian McClendon
Commissioner of Insurance - Sen. Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka) vs. Nathaniel McLaughlin
Kansas Attorney General - Attorney General Derek Schmidt vs. Sarah Swain (D-Lawrence)
State Treasurer - Jake LaTurner vs. Sen. Marci Francisco (D-Lawrence)
1st District - Congressman Roger Marshall easily won the primary race 79% to 21%. He should be reelected in November.
2nd District – Political newcomer Steve Watkins (R-Topeka) won a crowded primary field with 26% of the vote. He will face off against former state rep and the democrat nominee for the 2014 governor race Paul Davis (D- Lawrence). This should be an interesting race.
3rd District – Congressman Kevin Yoder won a three-way primary with 68% of the vote. He will face off against Sharice Davids. Another one to watch in November as many see this as a possible flip.
4th District – Congressman Ron Estes beat challenger Ron Estes. The Ron Estes’ won 100% of the vote in the 4th District. Congressman Ron Estes will face Wichita lawyer James Thompson. This is a rematch from the special election a few years ago where the congressman beat Thompson 52%-46%.
As elections go, this was and continues to be a very interesting year. Conservatives have the chance to claw back a few seats they lost in 2016, but Democrats see an opportunity to increase their numbers should the “Blue Wave” visit Kansas. How this all plays out remains to be seen but first, let’s finish counting the votes.