Election 2018

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and independent Greg Orman both funded much of their losing races for governor of Kansas through self-financing, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show.

Orman spent $1.28 million of his own cash on his campaign and raised about another $1 million from donors.  He also spent several thousand dollars on in-kind contributions, including software and staff lunches.

They say it takes one to know one. As Kansas governor-elect Laura Kelly soon will be, former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was a Democrat leading the state while Republicans controlled the Legislature. 

Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service spoke with Sebelius about the support from Republicans that helped Kelly overcome competition from Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and independent Greg Orman in the governor's race and what will make her successful in office. 

Kris Kobach
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s loss in the race for governor at least heightens the possibility that he may join President Donald Trump’s administration.

Deborah Shaar

Voters in Sedgwick County picked a political newcomer over a two-term commissioner to represent the commission’s 4th District.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election show Democrat Lacey Cruse defeated Republican Richard Ranzau by 8 percent.

This was Lacey Cruse’s first political campaign, and she nailed it. She led the race as soon as early voting results were posted and never trailed. She had a similar outcome in the August primary.

Democrat Laura Kelly fended off perhaps the most energizing and divisive figure in Kansas politics on Tuesday to become the next governor of Kansas.

Kelly beat out self-described “full-throttled” conservative GOP nominee Kris Kobach, the secretary of state who’d forged a kinship with President Donald Trump while dabbling in anti-immigration and voter fraud crusades across the country.

LaRissa Lawrie / KMUW

Republican Rep. Ron Estes won his re-election bid Tuesday for Kansas' 4th Congressional seat. 

Unofficial numbers show Estes beat Democratic challenger James Thompson with 60 percent of the vote over Thompson’s 40 percent.


Incumbent Rep. Roger Marshall was re-elected to represent Kansas' 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Marshall cruised to victory over his Democratic opponent Alan LaPolice. He picked up 68 percent of the vote to LaPolice's 32 percent.

Marshall, a physician from Great Bend, entered Congress in 2016 after narrowly defeating three-term Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the primary, as well as LaPolice in the general election.

A Republican Kansas House member accused of child abuse has won his bid for re-election.

Incumbent 85th District Rep. Michael Capps beat Democrat newcomer Monica Marks in a tight race Tuesday.

Capps was asked to withdraw from the House race by the Kansas Republican Party after accusations of child abuse surfaced in August. The Kansas Department for Children and Families found Capps guilty of child abuse, but the state overturned the decision for technical reasons.

Capps called the accusations of child abuse “categorically false and untrue.”

Laura Spencer / KCUR/File photo

Sedgwick County saw historically high voter turnout during the midterm election.

More than 160,000 Sedgwick County residents cast votes this year — an increase of nearly 20,000 from 2014.

It is the highest number of votes in a midterm on record from the Sedgwick County Election Office.

The midterm election drew about 53 percent of registered voters in the county — an increase of about one percent from 2014.

Hugo Phan / KMUW/File photo

We'll be updating this page with unofficial election results as they come in. Check this page or listen to KMUW 89.1 FM throughout election night and Wednesday morning for results and analysis on local and statewide races. A full list of statewide results can be found at the Kansas secretary of state's website. Need to catch up? Check out KMUW's 2018 election coverage page.