The Latest: Some voters drawn to Kansas congressional race

Published 08-07-2018

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the primary election in Kansas (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Some Democratic Kansas voters were drawn to the polls not by the closely-watched governor's race, but by a contested race in the 3rd Congressional District. Six candidates are vying to take on incumbent GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, who narrowly won in 2016 in a district won by Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

Caroline Johnson, a 20-year-old student from Mission, says she voted Tuesday largely to support labor lawyer Brent Welder of Bonner Springs in the race, because Welder was backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders. She says Welder would bring "a fresh new face to government."

But Sarah Plunkett, a 75-year-old retiree from Overland Park, says she voted for Tom Niermann, in part because he is a teacher and supports common-sense gun control. She says she's also motivated by dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump.

And Maggie Horn, a 52-year-old school paraprofessional from Mission, says she turned out to vote for Sharice Davids, the state's first gay and first Native American nominee for Congress. She says Davids' diverse background and experiences would bring a new way of thinking about solutions to the country's problems, which is "what the Democrats need."

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1:45 p.m.

Voters heading to the polls in Wichita are reflecting the split among Republicans in supporting Gov. Jeff Colyer or his challenger, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Richard Stinnett is a 72-year-old retired truck driver. He says he voted for Kobach on Tuesday because he believes Colyer is "just a little over his head" as governor. Stinnett also says Kobach is similar to President Donald Trump, with common sense, accountability and the ability to get things done.

Bruce Underwood is a 59-year-old engineer. He says his vote for Colyer was really a vote against Kobach. He says he's a registered Republican but will probably vote for a Democrat for governo

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1:45 p.m.

Voters heading to the polls in Wichita are reflecting the split among Republicans in supporting Gov. Jeff Colyer or his challenger, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Richard Stinnett is a 72-year-old retired truck driver. He says he voted for Kobach on Tuesday because he believes Colyer is "just a little over his head" as governor. Stinnett also says Kobach is similar to President Donald Trump, with common sense, accountability and the ability to get things done.

Bruce Underwood is a 59-year-old engineer. He says his vote for Colyer was really a vote against Kobach. He says he's a registered Republican but will probably vote for a Democrat for governor because Republicans aren't standing up to Trump, who has backed Kobach.

While the marquee race in Kansas this year is for governor , voters are also picking candidates to contest two House seats that Democrats are hoping to flip in November.

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12 a.m.

While the marquee race in Kansas this year is for governor , voters are also picking candidates to contest two House seats that Democrats are hoping to flip in November.

Democrats will settle a six-candidate contest for the party's nomination in the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District held by four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. The race

Voters heading to the polls in Wichita are reflecting the split among Republicans in supporting Gov. Jeff Colyer or his challenger, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Richard Stinnett is a 72-year-old retired truck driver. He says he voted for Kobach on Tuesday because he believes Colyer is "just a little over his head" as governor. Stinnett also says Kobach is similar to President Donald Trump, with common sense, accountability and the ability to get things done.

Bruce Underwood is a 59-year-old engineer. He says his vote for Colyer was really a vote against Kobach. He says he's a registered Republican but will probably vote for a Democrat for governor because Republicans aren't standing up to Trump, who has backed Kobach.

While the marquee race in Kansas this year is for governor , voters are also picking candidates to contest two House seats that Democrats are hoping to flip in November.

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12 a.m.

While the marquee race in Kansas this year is for governor , voters are also picking candidates to contest two House seats that Democrats are hoping to flip in November.

Democrats will settle a six-candidate contest for the party's nomination in the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District held by four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder. The race drew the attention of 2016 presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas, seven Republicans are vying for the right to challenge Democrat Paul Davis with Republican incumbent Lynn Jenkins not seeking re-election.

Republicans also had contested primaries for secretary of state and insurance commissioner.

All polling places across the state must open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. local time.

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