Midterm Election Results

Kansas elected two Democratic and four Republican candidates

Veronica Meiss

Kansas voted to re-elect Laura Kelly, Jacob LaTurner, Sharice Davids, Jerry Moran, Ron Estes and Tracey Mann in the 2022 midterm elections Nov. 8. 

The fight for governor was between Democratic representative Kelly and Republican representative Derek Schmidt. Kelly’s victory against Schmidt was close. She defeated him by only 2.1%, according to Politico. Schmidt took the lead in most rural counties, while Kelly won in major college towns and highly populated counties. 

After her announced victory, Kelly took to her Twitter page to express her gratitude for re-election. 

“As we move forward, know that I continue to be fully committed to working with Kansans of all political stripes to make this the best state to live, work and raise a family,” Kelly wrote.


Republican candidate Moran won the Senate seat, defeating Democrat Mark Holland by 23.2%, according to Politico. Holland won the majority of votes in only  three counties, while Moran held the majority in the other 102. 

“It is something special to be chosen by your fellow citizens,” Moran said in an election event hosted by the Johnson County Republican Party in Overland Park Nov. 8. “The country needs Republican representation in the Senate.”

As of 4:16 p.m. Nov. 17, the Associated Press (AP) had projected that the Democrats would win 48 seats and Republicans would have 49. The AP also noted the two seats held by Independent senators have generally caucused with the Democrats.

Representatives Mann (R), LaTurner (R), Davids (D) and Estes (R) all won seats in the House of Representatives. The national fight between the Democratic and Republican parties continues as ballots continue to be counted. Regardless, Republicans will control the House of Representatives with 218 seats

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