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Democrat Upsets Trump Ally Kris Kobach in Kansas Governor’s Race

Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly

Photographer: Charlie Riedel/AP

Democratic state lawmaker Laura Kelly will be Kansas’ next governor after scoring a surprising victory over Republican Kris Kobach, a close ally of President Donald Trump.

Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, attempted to win voters by tightly tethering himself to the Trump administration, including the president’s endorsement at an October rally in Topeka. Trump won the presidential vote in Kansas by more than 20 points over Hillary Clinton.