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Trump ally cements win in Kansas gubernatorial primary

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/15/18, 12:46 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach secured the Republican nomination for governor when his opponent, incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, conceded Tuesday evening. The latest vote count showed the Trump-endorsed Kobach had a razor-thin lead of 345 votes over Colyer out of more than 311,000 votes counted from last week’s GOP primary. Colyer’s concession followed a contentious week in which the candidates threatened to demand a recount, hinted at lawsuits, and sent observers to monitor the county-by-county provisional ballot review.

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Transgender candidate wins Vermont primary

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/15/18, 12:15 pm

Democrats in Vermont chose the nation’s first openly transgender major party nominee for a statewide office Tuesday as four states held primaries to decide ballots for November’s midterm elections. Democrat Christine Hallquist, previously known as “David” and the former chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, defeated three other candidates in Vermont’s Democratic primary for governor. Hallquist will battle incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November. Scott won unusual favor with Democrats and angered his own party by signing gun control legislation in April.

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Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/14/18, 02:00 pm

Voters in four states—Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont—head to the polls for primary elections Tuesday. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, Republican gubernatorial candidates are vying to cast themselves as the strongest supporters of President Donald Trump. Also up for grabs is the seat of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who retires at the end of this term. The primary ballot in Vermont includes a Democrat who hopes to become the nation’s first transgender governor.

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