“Blue Wave” Lands in Kansas, Change in Leadership at Top of Ticket

The 2018 Midterm elections rose to historic levels on Tuesday after nearly 114 million people nationwide turned out to cast their ballots. Statewide, hundreds of thousands of people voted in their precincts for Kansas Governor and their respective congressperson.

Kansas State Senator Laura Kelly waves to supporters after her victory speech on the night she was elected as Governor of the State of Kansas, Nov. 6th, 2018. (Courtesy: The Wichita Eagle)

The long and heated campaign season for Governor saw an end Tuesday night as Democrat Laura Kelly was voted in as the next Kansas Governor over Republican hopeful Kris Kobach.

Kobach, who was heavily supported by President Trump himself, personally stumping for him this past October in Topeka, lost to Kelly in a tight race. Indications as of a week ago showed the race in a dead heat going into election day.

At her election night watch party in Topeka, Kelly told supporters that change is in store for Kansas. Kelly said, “Today, Kansas voted for change.” She went on to say, “A change not only in the direction of our state, but a change in tone. We chose to put people before politics.”

In Riley County and at Kansas State University, voter interest has been on the rise consistent with the national trend. Many students felt the need to vote, as it is there way of making change.

Jacob Casey, a K-State student, said he votes so his voice can be heard. Casey said, “It’s important that I vote as a college student, because if it’s going to affect my future, I want my opinions to be the ones that are heard.

Anna Spencer, also a K-State student, said she understands the importance of casting a ballot. She said, “When you vote, you also send a message to everyone else around you that it’s important, and that how change happens by multiple people coming together and making a difference.”

Control of the United States House of Representatives was overtaken Tuesday by the Democrats, as they gained more than the 23 seats they needed to take control from Republicans. However, some Republican upsets in Democratic districts led to the Republicans keeping their majority in the United States Senate. Wednesday, the day following election day, was the unofficial start to the campaign season for the 2020 Presidential elections.