TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the midterm election in Kansas (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

Republican novice Steve Watkins has won a congressional race in eastern Kansas that Democrats had hoped to flip to their column.

Watkins defeated Democrat Paul Davis in Tuesday's election in the 2nd District. Watkins will replace retiring five-term GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

The district leans Republican and President Donald Trump carried it by nearly 17 percentage points in 2016. Watkins had Trump's endorsement.

Democrats saw an opportunity because Davis was better known as a former Kansas House minority leader. Davis won the district in an unsuccessful run for governor in 2014.

Davis pitched himself as a bipartisan problem solver.

Watkins is a former Army officer and government contractor. He overcame questions about living outside Kansas most of his adult life and being caught embellishing his accomplishments.


11:05 p.m.

Republican Kris Kobach has told his supporters that his campaign for governor has always faced "headwinds" in GOP-leaning Kansas.

Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly defeated Kobach in Tuesday's election. She won even though Kobach is President Donald Trump's most visible ally in a state Trump carried easily in 2016.

But Kobach noted in his Tuesday night concession speech that Republicans and Democrats have alternated in their control of the governor's office over the past 50 years.

Kobach told supporters that his campaign fought hard but, "This one just wasn't God's will."

10:55 p.m.

Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab has won the Kansas secretary of state's race two years after his 10-year-old son died in an accident at a water park.

Schwab defeated Democrat Brian McClendon in Tuesday's election. Schwab had been favored because Democrats have not elected a Kansas secretary of state in 70 years.

Schwab, from Olathe, is the Kansas House speaker pro tem and a former House Elections Committee chairman. He backed tough voter identification policies championed by Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Schwab's son, Caleb, died in August 2016 on a giant waterslide at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas.

McClendon is former Google and Uber executive who returned to his hometown of Lawrence last year.

Kobach gave up the secretary of state's office to run for governor.


10:45 p.m.

Democrat Sharice Davids told jubilant supporters that she is honored to be chosen to represent people who have often not had their voices heard by the federal government.

Davids, an openly gay, Native American woman, defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder Tuesday in the race in Kansas' 3rd District.

She said her life story of being raised by a single mother, being a first-generation college student and working while she was in school is not that unusual.

"What is uncommon, until now, is to have those voices and those stories and those experiences truly reflected in our federal government, in Congress and the Senate," she said.

Davids said Yoder had called to congratulate her and she thanked him for his years of service to the people of Kansas.


10:35 p.m.

Democrat Laura Kelly has won the hotly contested Kansas governor's race even though Republican Kris Kobach played up his ties to President Donald Trump.

Kelly prevailed over Kobach in Tuesday's election with independent candidate and Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman trailed far behind them.

Kelly is a veteran state senator from Topeka. She made the election a referendum on former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's ill-fated 2012-13 experiment in slashing state income taxes that legislators largely reversed in 2017.

Kobach promised to shrink government and cut taxes again.

He is Kansas secretary of state and built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration policies and strict voter identification laws.

Kobach was an early 2016 backer of Trump and served as vice chairman of Trump's now-disbanded commission on voter fraud.


10:15 p.m.

Republican incumbent Jake LaTurner has won a full, four-year term as Kansas state treasurer after being appointed last year to the office.

LaTurner prevailed in Tuesday's election over Democratic state Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence.

He was appointed in April 2017 by former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to replace Republican Ron Estes, who won a special election for the Wichita-area congressional seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

LaTurner was a state senator from Pittsburg at the time. He was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

Francisco is a former Lawrence mayor who was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

The treasurer's most visible programs find owners of unclaimed property and manage education savings accounts and savings accounts for the disabled.


10:15 p.m.

Republican state Sen. Vicki Schmidt has been elected Kansas insurance commissioner.

The Topeka lawmaker defeated Democrat Nathaniel McLaughlin of Kansas City, Kansas, in Tuesday's election.

Schmidt is a pharmacist who has served in the Senate since 2005. She is chairwoman of its Public Health and Welfare Committee and has been a key player on health legislation.

She's also a GOP moderate who has supported expanding the state's Medicaid health coverage for the poor and disabled following the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act.

McLaughlin is a former regional manager for a health services company and has served as president of the state NAACP chapter. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2016.

Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor this year.


10:15 p.m.

Republican Derek Schmidt has won a third term as Kansas attorney general.

Schmidt easily defeated Democrat and Lawrence attorney Sarah Swain in Tuesday's election after the Kansas Democratic Party refused to support her.

The Democratic Party called on Swain to drop out of the race in June because of a poster in her law office showing the superhero Wonder Woman pulling a lasso around a police officer's neck. Critics said the poster promoted violence against law enforcement officers.

Swain apologized but said it was meant as a metaphor for cross-examination and a zealous defense of clients. She also said she had seen injustices caused by "less-than-honest police officers."

Schmidt is a former Kansas Senate majority leader who was first elected attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.


10:10 p.m.

Freshman Republican Rep. Roger Marshall has won re-election in his western Kansas congressional district.

Marshall easily prevailed in Tuesday's election over Democrat Alan LaPolice in the 1st District.

The district covers the western two-thirds of Kansas and is among the safest for the GOP in the nation. Republicans have represented western Kansas in Congress for more than 60 years.

Marshall is a Great Bend physician who won the seat with establishment GOP support in 2016 by ousting tea party Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the primary.

LaPolice was making his third run for the seat. He also lost to Marshall in the 2016 general election running as an independent candidate and unsuccessfully challenged Huelskamp in the GOP primary in 2014. He is an Army veteran who farms near Clyde.


10 p.m.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder has conceded to Democrat Sharice Davids in Kansas the state's 3rd District.

After Davids was declared the winner Tuesday, Yoder said he loved serving in Congress and appreciated the opportunity to serve the people of Kansas.

He congratulated Davids, saying she would need their prayers and support "because we need this country to unify to get things done for the American people."

With her win, Davids becomes the first openly gay, Native American woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.


9:15 p.m.

Four-term Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has been defeated by LGBT Native American Democrat Sharice Davids.

Davids excited voters and Democratic donors with her unusual profile. She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation who received a law degree from Cornell University and was a White House fellow during former President Barack Obama's administration. She is a member of the LGBT community and has fought mixed martial arts bouts.

She won the GOP-leaning 3rd District encompassing the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City that President Donald Trump narrowly lost in 2016. He was among 25 Republican incumbents seeking re-election in a district Trump lost.

Yoder is chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.


9:05 p.m.

Republican Rep. Ron Estes has won a full term in Congress representing a Wichita-area district he first won in a tight special election last year for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson in a heavily Republican district that President Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote in 2016. Pompeo won re-election that year by 31 points. Pompeo's resignation to join Trump's administration led to a special election in which Estes defeated Thompson, a civil rights attorney.

Republicans have represented the 17-county southcentral Kansas district since 1994. Estes was the state's former two-term state treasurer.

The campaign was marked by personal attacks, with Estes pushing stories about Thompson's previous brushes with the law and Thompson slamming Estes for accepting donations from political action committees.


8 p.m.

Polls are now closed across Kansas.

People still waiting in line at 7 p.m. local time Tuesday still could cast their ballots in the election. Local and state officials reported stronger than normal turnout throughout the day at polling sites across the state.

Polls in four of the state's 105 counties were open an hour later because they are in Mountain Time instead of Central. They are Hamilton, Greeley, Wallace and Sherman counties along the Colorado border, but they have fewer than 6,900 of the state's 1.84 million registered voters.


7:15 p.m.

Polls have closed in most counties across Kansas.

People still waiting in line at 7 p.m. Tuesday still could cast their ballots in the election. Local and state officials reported stronger than normal turnout throughout the day at polling sites across the state.

Polls in four of the state's 105 counties remained open an extra hour because they are in Mountain Time instead of Central. They are Hamilton, Greeley, Wallace and Sherman counties along the Colorado border.


7 p.m.

A Hispanic voter in Topeka who said she felt "personally attacked" by President Donald Trump's immigration policies has voted for Democrat Paul Davis in the 2nd Congressional District.

Christina Hernandez said Tuesday after voting that her father was deported from Virginia earlier this year after living in the U.S. for 30 years. She said his deportation came after he was stopped for a traffic violation.

Hernandez is a 28-year-old restaurant manager and Democrat. She said she's Hispanic and Native American and believes hatred toward Hispanics has increased.

In the 2nd District, Republican candidate Steve Watkins had Trump's endorsement and endorsed Trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Hernandez said her support for Democrats also was shaped by being a lesbian who wants to adopt children.


6:45 p.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is getting an inordinate number of complaints from Hispanic voters in Dodge City who are being forced to cast provisional ballots.

It has gotten at least 17 complaints from Hispanic voters there about that issue.

Among them is Alex Aldape, a 34-year-old Hispanic delivery driver who was born in Dodge City and has lived there nearly all his life. He was told he had to cast a provisional ballot because his driver's license had old address. His wife, who is white, had no trouble voting using her ID even though she has the same address.

Aldape says all the people at table filling out provisional ballots were Hispanic. He says he got a regular ballot after making a "big deal out of it."


5 p.m.

Media is not being allowed to take photos or videos inside the one polling place in Ford County, which has been the center of a controversy for weeks.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports reporters carrying only notebooks were allowed into the Expo Center outside Dodge City Tuesday.

Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox said letting the media take pictures and video would be too disruptive.

Bradley Schlozman, an attorney representing Cox, said Kansas law allows the election board to control procedures at polling sites.

Max Kautsch, an attorney for the Capital-Journal and the Kansas Press Association, said that law needs to be balanced with rights under the First Amendment. He noted Ford County has allowed photographs in previous elections.


4:30 p.m.

Volunteers from across the country are in Dodge City to help voters get to the only voting site after it was moved outside of town.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Matias Rico came from San Diego with his cousin to give rides to anyone who couldn't get to the poll.

Volunteers from Manhattan, Kansas City, Missouri, and New York City were among those getting driving people to the site. Three women from Lawrence rented a chartered bus to help with transportation.

Ford County received national attention when County Clerk Deborah Cox moved Dodge City's only polling place to the Expo Center because the previous site, the Civic Center, was scheduled to undergo construction. The new site is outside city limits and more than a mile from the nearest bus stop.


1:35 p.m.

A Republican voter in Topeka has cast his ballot for GOP nominee Steve Watkins in the 2nd Congressional District because he worries that Democrats are just too liberal.

Dane Kenney said Tuesday after voting that he has some misgivings about President Donald Trump's public statements and his tweeting. Kenny is a 46-year-old heating and air conditioning systems repairman.

Trump endorsed Watkins, a former Army officer and government contractor. Kenney said he likes the president's policies on taxes and immigration.

Kenney said he voted against Democrat Paul Davis because, in his words, "Honestly, I can't do liberal."

Davis has pitched himself as a moderate, but Watkins and other Republicans have portrayed him as a liberal. Kenney said ads for both campaigns were too negative.


1:15 p.m.

A western Kansas town that was sued after moving its only polling site to a facility outside city limits is giving rides to voters that show up at the old site.

The Wichita Eagle reports that drivers were on hand Tuesday to drive people from the old Dodge City voting location to the new one, which is more than a mile from the nearest bus stop. The ACLU lost a lawsuit to force a second Dodge City polling site.

Among those catching rides in the City's Convention and Visitors Bureau van were Mohamed Yaaqoub and Ezedeen Younes. They came to America from the Sudan and work at a meatpacking plant.

But at the polls, both had to vote provisional ballots. Yaaquoub didn't have the proper ID and Younes had changed his address since he registered.


10:40 a.m.

Republican Kansas Secretary of Kris Kobach says voter turnout appears to be heavy.

Kobach talked to reporters Tuesday in Lecompton as he cast his own ballot for governor. He is running for the seat against Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly. She is wooing GOP moderates who are put off by Kobach's hardline stances on issues such as immigration, while Kobach expects his conservative base to turn out to counter enthusiasm on the left.

A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman, who Democrats fear could take enough votes to hand the election to Kobach.

Lines have been reported in locations that include Salina.

Kansas Democrats are also hoping to flip two GOP held U.S. House seats in the eastern part of the state.


7:05 a.m.

Voters have started casting ballots in Kansas' closely watched governor's race and in two hotly contested U.S. House seats.

The race for governor between Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly was a toss-up in the campaign's final weekend. Kelly is wooing GOP moderates who are put off by Kobach's hardline stances on issues such as immigration, while Kobach expects his conservative base to turn out to counter enthusiasm on the left. A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman.

In eastern Kansas, incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder is facing a formidable challenge from Democratic newcomer Sharice Davids, who would be the nation's first LGBT Native American in Congress. And Republican Steve Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis are battling for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins.


6:25 a.m.

Donald Trump Jr. is urging voters in a robocall to vote for Republican Steve Watkins in a hotly contested Kansas congressional race and describes the novice candidate as "my Dad's good friend."

The call going out to voters Monday in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas is from the Kansans Can Do Anything political action committee. It has been financed mainly by the candidate's father.

The seat is held by retiring five-term Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and President Donald Trump carried the district easily 2016. But the Democratic nominee is former Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis and the race is close.

The president has endorsed Watkins and in the call, the president's son urges voters to "keep Kansas red." Watkins is a former Army officer and government contractor.


10:19 a.m.

Kansas voters will decide whether to promote to governor Kris Kobach, an ally of President Donald Trump, who wants to crack down on immigrants living in the state illegally and resume conservative tax-cutting policies that critics labeled a failure.

Republican Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, says he would slash spending and seek tax cuts like those championed by unpopular former Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012-13.

His Democratic opponent, state Sen. Laura Kelly, has made her opposition to such tax cuts the centerpiece of her campaign.

A wild card is Independent candidate Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman, who Democrats fear could take enough votes to hand the election to Kobach.

Kansas Democrats are also hoping to flip two GOP held U.S. House seats in the eastern part of the state.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.