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PODCAST: Long night in Kansas politics could turn into long week

Posted at 4:15 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 17:15:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The combination of close races and voting delays conspired for a long night and portended a long week ahead in Kansas politics. 

In this week’s edition of the 41 Files Podcast, our team looks at the Democratic and Republican nominees for Kansas governor.




With only a 191-vote lead over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, 41 Action News reporters Ariel Rothfield and Steven Dial say Kris Kobach will likely face some sleepless nights before the dust settles on Tuesday’s election number.

For the second straight large election in Johnson County, the county’s election office came under fire for slow reporting of results. Reporter Tom Dempsey talks about his conversation with Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker about the delay.

On the Democratic side, reporter Cat Reid says nominee Laura Kelly is ready to campaign against either Kobach or Colyer.

Further down the ballot, Congressman Kevin Yoder (R – 3rd District) won his party’s nomination and will square-off against Sharice Davids. Anchor Christa Dubill says that Davids's campaign may have had a late edge due to an increase on social media presence.

The group says it will be interesting to watch what role the women voters will have in what’s been called the “woman wave” of candidates.

Finally, the group talks about the resounding defeat of the Right-to-Work legislation in Missouri Proposition A.

We wrap up with predictions from our reporters on how they think their favorite football teams will do this year.