election 2014

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Many Kansans expressed surprise at the November election outcomes for senator and governor.

The polls indicated that Greg Orman would likely defeat Senator Pat Roberts and that Democrat Paul Davis would likely defeat Governor Sam Brownback. The polls were wrong because it is difficult to poll individuals who live in the many rural towns scattered across Kansas.

The election outcome did not surprise me.

Abigail Wilson

Elections results are now in, but for some, the votes couldn’t be totaled fast enough. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson was at the Sedgwick County GOP watch party last night.

There are a few hundred people at the Republican watch party for the 2014 midterm elections. Voters in Kansas face one of the busiest ballots in recent years and that’s definitely reflected in the atmosphere at the Marriott in East Wichita.

Early in the evening Congressman Mike Pompeo addresses the crowd.

Carla Eckels

Kansas People’s Action, a black and Latino-led organization held a political forum and a "Get Out The Vote" rally last Saturday in Wichita. Nearly 200 voters of all races participated in the standing-room-only event. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf talked about minimizing voting hurdles and fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, stressed education funding as priorities if elected. Davis says a strong coalition has formed.

Aileen LeBlanc

"I'll vote. I'm still on the fence about the Democratic candidate, but I won't vote Republican in the governor's race. In the senate race I will vote Republican, yes. Roberts has been in there a long time, but he's got a lot of seniority in DC. An independent being there...he's not going to have a voice." - KAB Debate Attendee

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The forum covered several issues several times as the SAFE (Secure and Fair Elections) law, sponsored by Kobach, was attacked and defended. The law, which requires proof of citizenship for new Kansas voters, has left 22,000 would be registrants -- not so.

"And now we have 22,000 people, who are citizens, in limbo. They don't have cell phones and smart phones," said Democrat Jean Schodorf

Stephen Koranda

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Topeka on Monday to help Governor Sam Brownback in his race against Democrat Paul Davis.

Christie is chair of the Republican Governors Association.

He says a year ago he wouldn't have thought he'd be working in Kansas to help a Republican facing a tight race.

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Let me just say that as a political cartoonist, I love having the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey symbols to work with. They are so universally understood that I notice when speaking to elementary school students that by the ages of 9 or 10, most of them know what the elephant and the donkey stand for.

There's going to be a panel discussion on journalism and politics at the University of Kansas.

NPR political correspondent Juana Summers is joining three other reporters to talk about the midterm elections, including some tight races here in Kansas.

"The Kansas Governors race is one that surprised a lot of people," she says. "A lot of people, as you know, were not expecting this race as to be as hot as it is, but it's getting the attention of national political reporters just based on how close it is and the fact that it was unexpected."

The Democrat running against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released her tax records to the media, and she says Kobach should do the same. Former state Senator Jean Schodorf, from Wichita, released tax returns from the last three tax years. Schodorf wants Kobach to provide his tax documents to prove how much time he spends working on immigration issues that are not related to his job as Kansas secretary of state.

"Whether he's making more money in his private practice, whether it is just a part-time job. And I think it would put the issue to rest," says Schodorf.

Only about 20 percent of the state's 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month's primary elections.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach chairs the three-member State Board of Canvassers, which certified the results of the August 5th primaries yesterday. Nearly 351,000 ballots were cast.

The 20 percent participation was the lowest for a Kansas primary election since 2006, when it was 18 percent.

Logan County in western Kansas had the highest turnout, at 40 percent.

Labette County in southeast Kansas had the lowest, at 12 percent.

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