Election 2022

In the Republican Party's primary for state treasurer, Assaria Rep. Steven Johnson prevailed over Parker Sen. Caryn Tyson. Johnson faces state Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Democrat, in the November general election. (Photos by Tim Carpenter and Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP candidates for Kansas treasurer will have to decide on recount before votes are certified

BY: - August 9, 2022

TOPEKA — The Republican race for state treasurer may be unresolved for at least another week, when three of the state’s largest counties certify results from the primary election and decide whether to count or discard an unknown number of provisional ballots. But state law requires the candidates, who were separated by just 505 votes […]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee questioned GOP U.S. House nominee Amanda Adkins' acceptance of an endorsement by the Johnson County sheriff, who launched an investigation into alleged election fraud. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

DCCC criticizes Johnson County sheriff’s endorsement of GOP House nominee Adkins

BY: - August 5, 2022

Democrats question merit of Johnson County sheriff's endorsement of GOP House nominee Amanda Adkins, who seeks to unseat U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids.

State Sen. Dennis Pyle on Aug. 1, 2022, turns in nearly 9,000 signatures from Kansas voters who support his independent campaign for governor. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP sends text message asking voters to withdraw support for Dennis Pyle

BY: - August 4, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansas Republican Party instructed voters via text message Thursday to remove their names from the signatures gathered by state Sen. Dennis Pyle in his independent campaign for governor. Pyle, who thinks Republican nominee Derek Schmidt isn’t conservative enough, denounced the “evil path” taken by “left-wing” Republicans to keep Pyle off the November […]

Kansas Democratic attorney general nominee Chris Mann alleged GOP nominee Kris Kobach to be a threat to democracy and too focused on filing lawsuits against the administration of President Joe Biden. (Kansas Reflector screen capture Democratic Attorneys General Association livestream)

Democratic AG candidate Mann declares Kansas GOP rival Kobach a ‘threat to democracy’

BY: - August 4, 2022

Kansas Democratic attorney general candidate Chris Mann views GOP nominee Kris Kobach as a threat to democracy.

State elections director Bryan Caskey said the narrow margin in the race for the state treasurer Republican nomination will require all 105 counties to audit an additional 10% of their precincts, a new provision for all races within 1% on election night. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Narrow vote gap in Kansas Republican state treasurer race triggers special audit

BY: - August 4, 2022

TOPEKA — A narrow margin in the race for the Republican nomination for state treasurer triggered a new provision in state law requiring counties to conduct additional audits in especially close contests. As of Thursday, state Rep. Steven Johnson held a slim 314-vote lead over opponent state Sen. Caryn Tyson. The race has not been […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's Republican supporters include former Kansas Senate President Steve Morris, former Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and former state Rep. Jan Kessinger. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly’s Kansas GOP emissaries laud her bipartisanship, question Schmidt’s loyalty to Trump

BY: - August 4, 2022

Trio of former Kansas Republican legislatorss affirm endorsement of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's campaign for reelection against GOP nominee Derek Schmidt.

Voters cast advance ballots

Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

Primary election brings mixed bag of results for Kansas legislative incumbents

BY: - August 3, 2022

TOPEKA — Several incumbent Kansas legislators are on their way out of the Statehouse after Tuesday’s election. Others are just barely hanging on. Among those who missed the mark in their reelection effort is Rep. Aaron Coleman, a Kansas City Democrat, who lost in a three-way race in Wyandotte County. Melissa Oropeza, a health care […]

Ashley All, spokeswoman for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, gives a speech Aug. 2, 2022, at a watch party in Overland Park after primary results verified Kansans voted to preserve abortion rights. (Lily O'Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas abortion-rights activists emphasized attack on personal rights to defeat amendment

BY: - August 3, 2022

TOPEKA — For Ashley All, the effort to defeat a constitutional amendment that would have eliminated abortion rights is the most consequential campaign the Kansas political veteran has worked on. The issue is personal, All told news reporters during a conference call Wednesday morning. “I have four daughters, and this” — All paused. “I don’t […]

general in Tuesday's primary. He defeated state Sen. Kellie Warren and former federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach prevails in GOP attorney general race; treasurer campaign very, very close

BY: - August 3, 2022

Republican Kris Kobach wins three-person Republican primary for attorney general, while GOP race for state treasurer favors state Rep. Steven Johnson.

Rachel Sweet, campaign manager for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, smiles Aug. 2, 2022, at the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom watch party after Kansans vote to preserve a constitutional right to abortion. (Lily O'Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas voters defeat abortion amendment in unexpected landslide

BY: and - August 2, 2022

OVERLAND PARK — Kansas voters in a landslide Tuesday defeated a constitutional amendment that would have stripped residents of abortion rights, defying polling and political observers who expected a close result. The ballot measure was failing by a 60-40 margin late Tuesday after voters responded to an intense and costly campaign marked by dubious claims […]

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat seeking reelection, won the Tuesday primary along with Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who secured the Republican nomination for governor. They'll join independent Dennis Pyle and Libertarian Seth Cordell in the November general election. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly, Schmidt secure party nominations in Kansas governor’s race — wildcard Pyle awaits

BY: - August 2, 2022

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Attorney General Derek Schmidt affirmed a spot on November election ballot for governor amid a series of competitive primaries.