Supporters of mayoral candidates attend election watch parties

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Supporters of mayoral candidate Sly James are gathered for an election watch party in the atrium of the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Museum at 18th and Vine.

An ice sculpture honoring the candidate has been placed in the atrium.

Supporters anticipate James’ arrival as polls start to report election results and are looking forward to having a lawyer born in Kansas City’s east side become Kansas City’s second African-American mayor.

NBC Action News reporter Chris Hernandez is at the party and will have more details on the election and the candidate throughout the evening.

There is only standing room remaining at the Mike Burke for mayor watch party.

His supporters are gathered in a ballroom of the Westin in Crown Center. Burke has not yet appeared. His campaign spokesperson said Burke plans to speak to the crowd sometime after 10 p.m. or when final numbers become available.

In talking with people intimately involved in the Burke campaign, they spent the last 13 hours trying to improve voter turnout. In Clay and Platte counties, Burke volunteers planted numerous "vote today" signs overnight.

With reported turnout over 23% in Platte County and 19% in Clay County, both filled with Burke supporters, campaign volunteers remain optimistic. 

NBC Action News reporter Larry Seward will have more details on that watch party throughout the night.

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