Voters in Kansas will elect representatives for four House seats, all of which are held by Republicans. They are also choosing a governor, an office currently held by a Republican. See Kansas’s primary results.
Democrats have a chance for an unexpected pickup in Kansas, in part because of the unpopularity of former governor Sam Brownback (R), whose tax cuts left the state with huge budget shortfalls. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who led President Trump’s defunct voter fraud commission, bested Gov. Jeff Colyer, who became governor in January when Brownback became an ambassador.
Kobach won the primary by only hundreds of votes after a last-minute Trump endorsement. He's facing state Sen. Laura Kelly (D), who touts her leadership on a bill that would counter Brownback's tax cuts. Analysts suspect Greg Orman, a third-party candidate, could play spoiler by siphoning off votes from Kelly.
Going into this election, Kansas had 4 Republican representatives. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
In 2016, Trump won this district by 18.3 points and Lynn Jenkins (R) won by 28.4.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) is stepping down, and the two candidates on the ballot to replace her from this eastern Kansas district are Democrat Paul Davis and Republican Steve Watkins. Davis is a former state representative and gubernatorial nominee. Watkins is an Army veteran whose claims of heroism and adventure in his biography have been questioned.
The high court’s third ruling to keep the law alive prompted some Republicans to admit their hopes of ending the law outright are probably dead. Democrats hoped the ruling would pave the way for more expansions of health coverage.
The key issue was whether a 2017 decision by Congress to remove the penalty for not buying health insurance — the so-called individual mandate — meant that the law was unconstitutional and should be wiped from the books.