Republican nominee Donald Trump carried Kansas in the presidential race as expected, and GOP Sen. Jerry Moran was handed an easy re-election victory in Tuesday’s election. Kansas was always expected to be a safe state for Trump. The last Democratic presidential nominee to carry the state was Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Also of note; a bid to unseat a handful of Kansas Supreme Court justices failed, while a proposed constitutional amendment declaring hunting and fishing as a right in Kansas passed. Republicans control roughly 2/3 of the seats in the state legislature, and all but 9 in the state senate. Dr. Roger Marshall won the Big First, while Mike Pompeo and Lynn Jenkins handily won re-election in their districts. The race in House district 3 would not be finished last night, as incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder faced a steep fight from Democrat Jay Sidie. Noteworthy ballot issues included Thomas County voters approving a half-percent sales tax for a new justice center by a roughly 60/40 split.
A sheriff’s deputy shoots and kills a driver who tried to take the deputy’s gun after a chase ended in a crash in western Kansas. The Ellis County prosecutor says the chase started early yesterday after Hays police officers tried to stop him from crossing the center line. The prosecutor claims the deputy initially used a stun gun when the driver attacked.
There are now first degree murder charges against the Wichita man accused of stabbing a 6-year old girl to death, critically injuring her sister and raping their mother. He’s related to that woman as well, and is being held on $1 millon bond.