Steve Watkins has taken the 2nd Congressional District seat in Kansas Tuesday night.
The Republican newcomer succeeded fellow GOP congresswoman Lynn Jenkins in her retirement. Watkins also repelled a fierce campaign by Democrat competitor Paul Davis, who announced he has conceded to Watkins around 11 p.m. as election results poured in.
The win against Davis is an upset on polling data from national eyes that had the left’s pick beating Watkins by a margin of at least 4 percent. The 2nd District Congressional race drew more than just surveys, with GOP interests pouring massive funding into helping Watkins win. Both the president and vice president also campaigned to help the novice politician.
The campaign trail was rocky, as Davis faced campaign ads he fought to take off television, and Watkins lost the support of 36 state Republicans to Davis. Watkins also came under fire after falsely claiming he started a business in the Middle East.
However, the presidential and financial support paid off and Watkins earned the 2nd District’s vote.
The final, unofficial vote count ws 124,895 votes for Watkins, and 120,421 for Davis, with Libertarian candidate Kelly Standley picking up 14,402 votes, with 100 percent of the 924 precincts reporting.
Voter results will continue to pour in into early Wednesday morning, giving way to a final score of where Watkins, Davis and candidates in races including governor and secretary of state stand. Click here to see the vote tallies.