election 2014

1:28 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Roberts Holds Off Challenger To Claim GOP Nomination

More registered Republicans in Kansas voted for someone other than Pat Roberts for the U.S. Senate...but Roberts still won his primary election.

It was a close call, but ultimately he claimed victory by fighting-off his main challenger, tea party-backed Milton Wolf.

He finished the race with just 48% of the vote. The other 52% was split among his three challengers, with Wolf capturing 41% of the vote.

Roberts will now face Democrat Chad Taylor and independent candidate Greg Orman this fall.

6:57 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Kansas 2014 Primary Election Returns (Unofficial)

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2014 Primary Race Results -Unofficial (results will not be official until the state canvass)

Scroll down for a table showing results by county in our listening area.

U.S. Senate

Democratic Primary (100% precincts reporting)

  • Chad Taylor - 53% (34,390 votes)
  • Patrick Wiesner - 47% (30,557  votes)

Republican Primary (100% precincts reporting)

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4:23 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Wichitans Turn Out For 2014 Primary Elections

Martha Gates votes in primary at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Credit Carla Eckels

Polling sites in Wichita are still open for the Primary Election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels visited a polling place on Tuesday, August 5.

Shawn McCloskey has worked the polls at Wichita's Grace Presbyterian Church for 14 years. He says Tuesday’s turnout has been great.

"Steady crowd. We’ve had a three hour period of masses coming through, but we’ve had smooth voting. More than 500 currently," he says. 

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5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Primary Voters: Bring An I.D. And Vote Along Party Lines

Voters take advantage of the last day (Monday) for advance voting at the Sedgwick County Election Office. Regular polling locations are open today (Tuesday) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Credit Carla Eckels

The primary election is underway in Sedgwick County. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. Residents will be able to cast their ballots along the two major party lines.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters who already belong to a political party must vote that party. She says residents who are unaffiliated can go to the polls and declare at that time.

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1:56 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

GOP Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State: In Their Own Words

On Tuesday, Republican primary voters will have to choose between two candidates vying for the office of Kansas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Kris Kobach is seeking a second term, but first, he’ll have to fend-off a challenge from Lawrence attorney Scott Morgan, who has positioned himself as a moderate alternative to the more conservative Kobach.

We'll hear from Kris Kobach in a moment. But first, KPR's J. Schafer brings us more from the challenger, Scott Morgan.

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12:07 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Brownback Proposes Earlier Primary Elections

The Kansas secretary of state's office predicts only around one in five Kansas voters will cast a ballot in this week's primary election. 

Governor Sam Brownback says it might be time for Kansas to look at moving the primary to an earlier date.

"It's late summer. A lot of people go on vacation this time of year. It's kind of the last respite before they get into the school year," says Governor Brownback. "That's part of it, but I hope people get out and vote. I encourage them to get out and vote."

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9:16 am
Fri August 1, 2014

22% Voter Turnout Predicted For KS Primary

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts 22% of registered voters will cast a ballot in next Tuesday's primary election.

That's similar to the statewide turnout in the 2008 primary, which he says is the one most like this year's contest.

Higher turnout is expected this year in the Wichita area, where former Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt is trying to take back his old seat from incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo. Kobach says this could mean 30% of registered voters in the district might show up at the polls.

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12:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Orman Collects 10,000 KS Signatures For Senate Run

Orman speaking at an event at the Kansas Statehouse.
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Olathe businessman Greg Orman says he has enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures. He says that number shows many Kansans are tired of the current political system.

"Kansans are looking for an option, they're looking for an alternative. They want people who are problem solvers, not just engaged in the old partisan fighting. They want problem solvers, and I think that’s the message of our campaign,” says Orman.

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12:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Operation Rescue Files Ethics Complaint Against U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo

A national anti-abortion leader has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for alleged ethics violations during his re-election campaign.

Troy Newman is president of Operation Rescue. Last week, he sent public documentation to the agency accusing Pompeo of posting links to campaign material on his House website.

Pompeo’s office says it has found nothing that rises to a “material failure” to comply with all requirements.

11:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Tuesday Is Last Day To Register To Vote For KS Primaries

Tomorrow is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5th. As Stephen Koranda reports, there’s also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.

Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen. Andrew Howell is Shawnee County’s election commissioner.

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