Election Day Kansas City: Kansas governor race too close call election night

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Election 2022 Senate Kansas
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Posted at 5:08 AM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-09 01:44:40-05

INTERACTIVE ELECTION RESULTS (Click here for election results full listing)

12:30 a.m. | The race for governor in Kansas was too close on Election Day. Both incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly and challenger Derek Schmidt addressed their supporters.

11:36 p.m. | Chris Mann, who's running for Kansas Attorney General released a statement Tuesday night amid a tightly-contested race Kris Kobach.

It’s getting late and the Attorney General’s race is still too close to call. I am deeply humbled by your support and hard work. I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran this year. I’ve never been a candidate before, I’ve always been a law enforcement guy first. And this year has been memorable in so many ways.Looking ahead, this will be a late night and a long few days. Votes will continue to be counted until Friday. That is the law. We’ll continue to watch closely as votes come in and are counted in counties across the state. We’ll make sure every vote is counted. And we will make sure Kris Kobach follows the rules. Again, thank you for everything you’ve done to support me. We will keep fighting for you.

10:50 p.m. | Voters across Missouri signed off on Amendment 4, increasing the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department budget.

10:26 p.m. Republican Sam Graves won reelection to U.S. House in Missouri's 6th Congressional District:

10:16 p.m. | Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat who represents Missouri’s 5th district, won re-election.

10:11 p.m. | Mark Alford successfully traded a seat behind the anchor desk for a seat in Congress.

9:55 p.m. | Voters in Johnson County gave Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly a promotion Tuesday night.

9:48 p.m. | Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids has been elected to a third term in Congress after defeating Amanda Adkins a second time on Tuesday night, NBC reports.

9:28 P.M. | The Independence City Council filled the vacancy left by Karen DeLuccie’s death shortly after her April 5 reelection.

Dr. Bridget McCandless won the seat in a runoff against former city council member Mike Huff on Tuesday, garnering more than 56% of the vote in the special election.

9:18 p.m. | Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt defeated Trudy Busch Valentine to win the U.S. Senate race, according to the Associated Press.

8:32 p.m. | After his victory, Moran addressed his supporters at a watch party.

"We hope to return to Washington D.C. knowing come January there is a change in the Senate," he said. "Thank you very much for the opportunity you've given Rob and I to serve."

8:27 pm. | The ballot collection process continues in Clay County.

8:01 p.m. | Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican from Kansas, has won re-election, according to projections from NBC News and The Associated Press.

Moran, originally from Great Bend, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. He won re-election in 2016 as well, so he will serve a third term.

7:56 p.m. | Volunteers are hard at work in Clay County as ballots continued to be safely delivered.

7:55 p.m. | In Jackson County, Sheriff Darryl Forte reported his department has yet to report an issues from voters.

7:53 p.m. | McMaster reported that Boy Scouts assisted Clay County officials with securing ballots.

7:00 p.m. | Election polls across Kansas and Missouri have closed. As updated results of tonight’s vote becomes available, visit our election page.

6:57 p.m. | Supporters of Amendment 3 have gathered Tasso’s restaurant for a watch party.

5:41 p.m. | Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is the Republican nominee for governor, and his wife voted in his hometown of Independence.

Schmidt is hoping to unseat incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat who is seeking a second term.

5:20 p.m. | Art is awaiting a voter to finish casting their curbside vote.

Both a republican and democrat must conduct the process.

5:06 p.m. | McMaster continues to ride along with Art, a Clay County roving deputy.

Art responded to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church again, this time to assist with curbside voting.

This required both a republican and democrat to assist with the situation.

4:57 p.m. | Brenda Fishman was among the voters casting a ballot Tuesday at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.

In addition to casting her ballot, Fishman also teaches U.S. history at a nearby high school.

She says she and her students have been talking about elections in class for the last several weeks.

“A lot of [the students] are kinda disappointed that they couldn’t vote this year,” Fishman said. “There will be local elections and city elections next year, and those are important too.”

Fishman said for those students who weren’t quite old enough to vote this year to register to vote as soon as they turn 18.

Voters in Johnson County
Voter in Johnson County.

4:42 p.m. | Earlier today, KSHB 41 News reporter McKenzie Nelson spoke with Kansas voter Mary Hembree after casting her ballot.

“I want a voice – that’s pretty much what it is,” Hembree said. “You can’t do anything if you don’t stand up.”

Hembree said she brought her kids with her the last time she voted, but said they were in school in Tuesday.

“They’re more than welcome and they get to see the process because it can be scary," she said.

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Johnson County voter

4:35 p.m. | KSHB 41 investigator Jessica McMaster is riding along with a Clay County roving deputy, who responds to voting precincts.

Art, a deputy, delivered pens to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

4:27 p.m. | Trudy Busch Valentine, who's running for the Missouri U.S. Senate, thanked voters at polls in Florissant, Missouri on Tuesday afternoon.

Valentine also spoke to KSHB 41 reporter Megan Abundis about what separates from Eric Schmitt, her opponent.

4:15 p.m. | U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D - KS 3rd District) held an Election Day campaign rally in her home city of Roeland Park, Kansas. Davids is squaring off against Republican challenger Amanda Adkins.

Sharice Davids holds campaign event
Sharice Davids holds campaign event

4:15 p.m. | Earlier today, Amanda Adkins, a Republican challenging Democratic incumbent Rep. Sharice Davids for the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, cast her ballot at St. Michael Catholic Church in Leawood.

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Amanda Adkins voting

4:10 p.m. | Some voters in Wyandotte County encountered problems with voting on Tuesday morning due to ballots that were longer in size than normal.

According to Wyandotte County commissioner Michael Abbott the boxes containing the ballots were sealed until they were opened at polling locations.

The ballots were folded, which caused some ballots to be rejected.

To resolve the issue, voters could declare a spoiled ballot and get another one.

3:15 p.m. | Power outages were reported at the polling location at First Baptist Church located at east Red Bridge and Wornall Roads in KCMO.

The Kansas City Election Board said all voting machines have battery-powered back ups and that is being utilized while the power outages are resolved.

In addition, the KCEB said voters are being sent to other polling locations to vote.

12:35 p.m. | There are now over 62 million Latinos in the United States, a 27.5% increase from the population in 2010. Has that change in population carried over to the voting booth and who holds power?

KSHB 41 News Reporter Sarah Plake went 360 on the topic, speaking with a voting organizer, civic and community leaders and voters to learn the answer. Read her full story here.

12:15 p.m. | KSHB 41 News Reporter Abby Dodge is on the way to St. Louis to cover Eric Schmitt's campaign watch party in St. Louis.

Our news team will bring you live coverage with candidates in Kansas and Missouri as results are calculated tonight.

9:30 a.m. | Want to learn more about the behind the scenes of how election workers get equipment safely and securely to and from polling locations?

KSHB 41 I-Team reporter Jessica McMaster had the same question.

On Monday, she traveled to the Clay County election offices where workers were getting things ready for today.

You can read her coverage.

7 a.m. | Polls are now open in Kansas. Voters have until 7 p.m. on both sides of the state line to get in line to cast their ballots.

6:55 a.m. | Over 50 Kansas voters are lined up outside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center just minutes before polls open in the state.

Voters line up to vote in Kansas on election day

6:40 a.m. | How is the start to election day going in Missouri? KSHB 41 News Reporter Charlie Keegan takes a look.

Voters cast their ballot on midterm election day in Missouri

6:25 a.m. | You can count on comfortable temperatures when heading out to vote, but KSHB 41 News Meteorologist Lindsey Anderson says there is also a chance of rain.

6:20 a.m. | KSHB 41 News Reporter Charlie Keegan says there is a bit of a wait as voters cast their ballots at Wornall Road Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

6 a.m. | Polls are now open in Missouri. Voters across the state are making their way into voting locations to make their vote count.

5:50 a.m. | Meanwhile on the Kansas side, polls open at 7 a.m.

Kansas voters can find their polling location and a sample ballot through the Kansas Secretary of State website.

What Kansas voters need to know to prepare for midterm election day

There will be 27 judicial retention questions on the Kansas ballot.

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab predicts voter turnout in Kansas will be around 53%.

5:30 a.m. | KSHB 41 News Reporter Charlie Keegan is live at Wornall Road Baptist Church, one polling location in Kansas City, Missouri.

What to know before polls open on election day in Missouri

At 5 a.m. on Tuesday, poll voters gathered outside the church, waiting to enter the building to prepare for election day.

Polls in Missouri open at 6 a.m. Tuesday

Voter turnout is expected to be 50% in Missouri.

Several factors that impact voter turnout include the candidates and issues on the ballot, days voters have off work and weather.

Voters in Missouri now need to bring a form of valid I.D., due to an election law change.

Voters are encouraged to print off a sample ballot from the Missouri Secretary of State's website, which can be filled out in advance and brought to the polls to help ease the process.

Election Day, 5 a.m. | Election Day has finally arrived. Here's what to keep an eye on as voters cast their ballot on key issues and races around both Missouri and Kansas.

RELATED | Heading to the polls today? Here's what you need to know

Among the headlines in Missouri is who will take over the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is facing off against businesses woman Trudy Busch Valentine.

Missouri voters will also answer Amendment 3, which would legalize the recreational sale of marijuana in the state.

Amendment 3 has been a hot topic throughout the state, as it would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Missouri is one of five states to the legalization of marijuana on its ballot this election season. Many experts say Missouri has a good shot of passing it, however there are some cannabis advocates who are not in favor of the amendment, due to specifically how it is worded.

There are also some key local Kansas City-area races to keep an eye on. Some of the key ones includestwo questions about bond issues in Raytown, and Question Two, which will the approve issuing $50 in general obligation bonds, whichsome Kansas City residents say would be helpful..

RELATED | Complete election coverage from KSHB 41 News

In Kansas, the biggest battle in the state is the battle for governor, featuring incumbent Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly and her Republican challenger, Attorney Governor Derek Schmidt.

Another Democratic incumbent, Rep. Sharice Davids, is hoping to hold on to her seat against Republican challenger Amanda Adkins. It's a rematch of the 2020 campaign when Davids prevailed.

The question of election security will be on the minds of many voters throughout Election Day. The KSHB 41 News team has been following along with area election officials on both sides of the state line to assure voters that the elections is secure.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft discussed new election laws recently with KSHB 41 reporter Charlie Keegan.