The Latest: LGBT Native American Democrat wins Kansas race

Published 11-07-2018

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the midterm election in Kansas (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Four-term Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has been defeated by LGBT Native American Democrat Sharice Davids.

Davids excited voters and Democratic donors with her unusual profile. She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation who received a law degree from Cornell University and was a White House fellow during former President Barack Obama's administration. She is a member of the LGBT community and has fought mixed martial arts bouts.

She won the GOP-leaning 3rd District encompassing the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City that President Donald Trump narrowly lost in 2016. He was among 25 Republican incumbents seeking re-election in a district Trump lost.

Yoder is chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

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9:05 p.m.

Republican Rep. Ron Estes has won a full term in Congress representing a Wichita-area district he first won in a tight special election last year for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson in a heavily Republican district that President Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote in 2016. Pompeo won re-election that year by 31 points. Pompeo's resignation to join Trump's administration led to a special election in which Estes defeated Thompson, a civil righ

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9:05 p.m.

Republican Rep. Ron Estes has won a full term in Congress representing a Wichita-area district he first won in a tight special election last year for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson in a heavily Republican district that President Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote in 2016. Pompeo won re-election that year by 31 points. Pompeo's resignation to join Trump's administration led to a special election in which Estes defeated Thompson, a civil rights attorney.

Republicans have represented the 17-county southcentral Kansas district since 1994. Estes was the state's former two-term state treasurer.

The campaign was marked by personal attacks, with Estes pushing stories about Thompson's previous brushes with the law and Thompson slamming Estes for accepting donations fro

Republican Rep. Ron Estes has won a full term in Congress representing a Wichita-area district he first won in a tight special election last year for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson in a heavily Republican district that President Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote in 2016. Pompeo won re-election that year by 31 points. Pompeo's resignation to join Trump's administration led to a special election in which Estes defeated Thompson, a civil rights attorney.

Republicans have represented the 17-county southcentral Kansas district since 1994. Estes was the state's former two-term state treasurer.

The campaign was marked by personal attacks, with Estes pushing stories about Thompson's previous brushes with the law and Thompson slamming Estes for accepting donations from political action committees.

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8 p.m.

Polls are now closed across Kansas.

People still waiting in line at 7 p.m. local time Tuesday still could cast their ballots in the election. Local and state officials reported stronger than normal turnout throughout the day at polling sites across the state.

Polls in four of the state's 105 counties were open an hour later because they are in Mountain Time instead of Central. They are Hamilton, Greeley, Wallace and Sherman counties along the Colorado border, but they have fewer than 6,900 of the state's 1.84 million registered voters.

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7:15 p.m.

Polls have closed in most counties across Kansas.

People still waiting in line at 7 p.m. Tuesday still could cast their ballots in the election. Local and state officials reported stronger than normal turnout throughout the day at polling sites across the state.

Polls in four of the state's 105 counties remained open an extra hour because they are in Mountain Time instead of Central. They are Hamilton, Greeley, Wallace and Sherman counties along the Colorado border.

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7 p.m.

A Hispanic voter in Topeka who said she felt "personally attacked" by President Donald Trump's immigration policies has voted for Democrat Paul Davis in the 2nd Congressional District.

Christina Hernandez said Tuesday after voting that her father was deported from Virginia earlier this year after living in the U.S. for 30 years. She said his deportation came after he was stopped for a traffic violation.

Hernandez is a 28-year-old restaurant manager and Democrat. She said she's Hispanic and Native American and believes hatred toward Hispanics has increased.

In the 2nd District, Republican candidate Steve Watkins had Trump's endorsement and endorsed Trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Hernandez said her support for Democrats also was shaped by being a lesbian who wants to adopt children.

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6:45 p.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is getting an inordinate number of complaints from Hispanic voters in Dodge City who are being forced to cast provisional ballots.

It has gotten at least 17 complaints from Hispanic voters there about that issue.

Among them is Alex Aldape, a 34-year-old Hispanic delivery driver who was born in Dodge City and has lived there nearly all his life. He was told he had to cast a provisional ballot because his driver's license had old address. His wife, who is white, had no trouble voting using her ID even though she has the same address.

Aldape says all the people at table filling out provisional ballots were Hispanic. He says he got a regular ballot after making a "big deal out of it."

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5 p.m.

Media is not being allowed to take photos or videos inside the one polling place in Ford County, which has been the center of a controversy for weeks.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports reporters carrying only notebooks were allowed into the Expo Center outside Dodge City Tuesday.

Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox said letting the media take pictures and video would be too disruptive.

Bradley Schlozman, an attorney representing Cox, said Kansas law allows the election board to control procedures at polling sites.

Max Kautsch, an attorney for the Capital-Journal and the Kansas Press Association, said that law needs to be balanced with rights under the First Amendment. He noted Ford County has allowed photographs in previous elections.

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4:30 p.m.

Volunteers from across the country are in Dodge City to help voters get to the only voting site after it was moved outside of town.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Matias Rico came from San Diego with his cousin to give rides to anyone who couldn't get to the poll.

Volunteers from Manhattan, Kansas City, Missouri, and New York City were among those getting driving people to the site. Three women from Lawrence rented a chartered bus to help with transportation.

Ford County received national attention when County Clerk Deborah Cox moved Dodge City's only polling place to the Expo Center because the previous site, the Civic Center, was scheduled to undergo construction. The new site is outside city limits and more than a mile from the nearest bus stop.

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1:35 p.m.

A Republican voter in Topeka has cast his ballot for GOP nominee Steve Watkins in the 2nd Congressional District because he worries that Democrats are just too liberal.

Dane Kenney said Tuesday after voting that he has some misgivings about President Donald Trump's public statements and his tweeting. Kenny is a 46-year-old heating and air conditioning systems repairman.

Trump endorsed Watkins, a former Army officer and government contractor. Kenney said he likes the president's policies on taxes and immigration.

Kenney said he voted against Democrat Paul Davis because, in his words, "Honestly, I can't do liberal."

Davis has pitched himself as a moderate, but Watkins and other Republicans have portrayed him as a liberal. Kenney said ads for both campaigns were too negative.

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1:15 p.m.

A western Kansas town that was sued after moving its only polling site to a facility outside city limits is giving rides to voters that show up at the old site.

The Wichita Eagle reports that drivers were on hand Tuesday to drive people from the old Dodge City voting location to the new one, which is more than a mile from the nearest bus stop. The ACLU lost a lawsuit to force a second Dodge City polling site.

Among those catching rides in the City's Convention and Visitors Bureau van were Mohamed Yaaqoub and Ezedeen Younes. They came to America from the Sudan and work at a meatpacking plant.

But at the polls, both had to vote provisional ballots. Yaaquoub didn't have the proper ID and Younes had changed his address since he registered.

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10:40 a.m.

Republican Kansas Secretary of Kris Kobach says voter turnout appears to be heavy.

Kobach talked to reporters Tuesday in Lecompton as he cast his own ballot for governor. He is running for the seat against Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly. She is wooing GOP moderates who are put off by Kobach's hardline stances on issues such as immigration, while Kobach expects his conservative base to turn out to counter enthusiasm on the left.

A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman, who Democrats fear could take enough votes to hand the election to Kobach.

Lines have been reported in locations that include Salina.

Kansas Democrats are also hoping to flip two GOP held U.S. House seats in the eastern part of the state.

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7:05 a.m.

Voters have started casting ballots in Kansas' closely watched governor's race and in two hotly contested U.S. House seats.

The race for governor between Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly was a toss-up in the campaign's final weekend. Kelly is wooing GOP moderates who are put off by Kobach's hardline stances on issues such as immigration, while Kobach expects his conservative base to turn out to counter enthusiasm on the left. A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman.

In eastern Kansas, incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder is facing a formidable challenge from Democratic newcomer Sharice Davids, who would be the nation's first LGBT Native American in Congress. And Republican Steve Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis are battling for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

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6:25 a.m.

Donald Trump Jr. is urging voters in a robocall to vote for Republican Steve Watkins in a hotly contested Kansas congressional race and describes the novice candidate as "my Dad's good friend."

The call going out to voters Monday in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas is from the Kansans Can Do Anything political action committee. It has been financed mainly by the candidate's father.

The seat is held by retiring five-term Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and President Donald Trump carried the district easily 2016. But the Democratic nominee is former Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis and the race is close.

The president has endorsed Watkins and in the call, the president's son urges voters to "keep Kansas red." Watkins is a former Army officer and government contractor.

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10:19 a.m.

Kansas voters will decide whether to promote to governor Kris Kobach, an ally of President Donald Trump, who wants to crack down on immigrants living in the state illegally and resume conservative tax-cutting policies that critics labeled a failure.

Republican Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, says he would slash spending and seek tax cuts like those championed by unpopular former Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012-13.

His Democratic opponent, state Sen. Laura Kelly, has made her opposition to such tax cuts the centerpiece of her campaign.

A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman, who Democrats fear could take enough votes to hand the election to Kobach.

Kansas Democrats are also hoping to flip two GOP held U.S. House seats in the eastern part of the state.

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