Kris Kobach Loses Kansas Governor’s Race to Democrat Laura Kelly
This is great news to wake up to, Kris “KKK” Kobach defeated! In the still very red state of Kansas it wasn’t all Democrats who voted in Democrat Laura Kelly either - it was Republicans who could not stomach another Brownback style governor. It gives me some hope for the future.
Kansans chose to elect a Democratic governor just two years after supporting Trump by over 20 percentage points. Polls showed a tied race heading into Election Day, but Kelly ended up with a fundraising edge over Kobach, a controversial figure with a national profile.
While Kansas is frequently thought of as a deep-red state, former Gov. Sam Brownback (R) left office this year as one of the least popular governors in the country. He resigned to take a job in the Trump administration. Polls also showed that a large number of voters in the state had a negative view of Kobach, who had risen to prominence as a conservative hard-liner on voting restrictions and immigration.