Schwab elected Kansas secretary of state

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Kansans picked Scott Schwab as their new secretary of state on Tuesday night.

The 2018 midterm election for the highest authority on elections saw a battle between Schwab, the Republican 14-year veteran of the state legislature and Kansas House speaker pro tem, and Brian “BAM” McClendon, a former Uber and Google executive who returned to Kansas for a bid into politics.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting Schwab held 536,472 votes to McClendon’s 441,444 votes. Libertarian candidate Rob Hodgkinson picked yp 35,515 votes.

The race came on the heels of Democratic nominee McClendon debuting his nonpartisan website, KSVotes.org, to encourage voter turnout and make voter registration simplified.

Schwab’s campaigning also comes as trials ensue related to his son’s 2016 death on a Schlitterbahn waterslide. The GOP candidate won the primary on the exact two-year anniversary of his son Caleb’s passing.

The race result for secretary of state fits in line with a long-running trend, as the GOP has won the seat in every election since 1948.

Voter results will continue to pour in into early Wednesday morning, giving way to a final score of where Schwab, McClendon and candidates in races including governor and congressional district representatives stand. Click here to see the vote tallies.

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