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Kansas 3rd District candidates make final push ahead of election

Johnson County sees most advanced voting ever
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Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 18:54:10-05

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan.  — The lead up to Election Day is a little different this cycle.

On Sunday, Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids campaigned with other Democrats, such as Gov. Laura Kelly and U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier in Kansas City, Kansas.

The event was outside at a park with guests socially distanced and wearing masks.

"Being able to gather like this, I think it adds a whole other level of energy and excitement," Davids said.

Her challenger, Republican Amanda Adkins, took a more traditional approach, door knocking in the district.

"It's wonderful to spend time directly in person with voters when it's possible," Adkins said, "Of course, with a mask and social distanced, but we feel great."

Both candidates expressed confidence ahead of Tuesday.

"I feel really good and strong going into Tuesday," Davids said, "but you know at the end of the day the most important thing is that everybody exercises their right to vote."

Similarly, Adkins said she feels "fantastic."

"Our team is super high energy, as many people in the district know," she said. "We've been door-to-door every single weekend and actually all throughout the week.

Thousands of people in the district have already cast their ballot whether in-person, absentee or mail in.

Johnson County's commissioner Connie Schmidt said as of Friday, more than 250,000 people had already cast their vote.

Both candidate said that helps their campaign.

"That's a really good sign," Davids said. "I always say our right to vote and our democracy, it's like a muscle. And the more we use it, the more we engage with it, the stronger it is."

Adkins said her team recently looked at the numbers.

"It looks like in Johnson County in particular, the Republican turnout is very, very high," Adkins said. "Clearly that bodes well with my candidacy."

With polls closing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, candidates gave their final pitch to those who have yet to vote.

"I come to this race with significant experience both in business and in health care," Adkins said, "again having worked at Cerner, I have released a path to prosperity agenda, which has been focused on important things like tax relief."

Meanwhile, Davids said her goal is "to build on the work that I've been doing to bring down the cost of prescription drugs and surprise medical billing "

Johnson County voter turnout can be viewed on the county's election website.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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