Republican Mike Pompeo beat out both Democrat Robert Tillman and Libertarian candidate Thomas Jefferson. Tillman who served the state for 24 years says he desired to continue serving Kansas as a United States Congressman, but now will look to other things.
"The whole world is open to me," says Tillman. "I still have a chance to decide what I'm going to do. I'm a retired Kansas Supreme Court Services officer, I retired in 2008 so I'll go back right into retirement and then I'll regroup."
It was a long night for Sedgwick County, as candidates and supporters found themselves waiting for election results long after the polls closed. Briana O’Higgins spent the evening downtown at the Sedgwick County Republican Party headquarters.
The County election office experienced software problems and did not start releasing results until after 11 p.m.
With those results came some disappointments for the Wichita GOP.
Top Republicans say Tuesday's elections could cost them a few seats in the Kansas House and reduce the influence of the chamber's GOP conservatives.
Several Republicans Thursday said this year's redrawing of political district boundaries appears to have hurt the GOP in some places, especially in the Wichita area. And Governor Sam Brownback said he doesn't know how much power his fellow conservatives will have after Tuesday's voting.
A political forum was held at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church Sunday giving voters a chance to learn more about candidates before going to the polls.
Several candidates took part in a forum sponsored by 19 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee. Democrat Gail Finney, an incumbent running for the 84th district responded to a question about corporate personhood, affordable health care, and student debt.
Finney says its, what she calls, "the 1 percenters" who benefit the most.
Political action committees, or PACs, have submitted their last campaign finance reports before the fall election. Two of the wealthiest in Kansas are a PAC connected to a teachers' union and another affiliated with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
The two PACs both have raised and spent big bucks, but they have very different goals.
Supporters of a Kansas constitutional amendment that would change the way property taxes are charged on boats say the wording on the ballot is confusing.
The change would give legislators the authority to reduce property taxes on boats. Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison says that two words on the page-long question are confusing early voters.
The question is asking voters to add the words "and watercraft" to the constitution regarding the levying of property taxes.
Some voters in Wichita are taking advantage of casting their ballots early during this election cycle, but so far there hasn't been as many advanced voters in person as in 2008.
On the first day of voting Wednesday, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of early voters was a little more than 400, about half as many as on the first day of advanced voting during the 2008 Presidential Election. However, Lehman says voting by mail has significantly increased.