Midterm election polls closed, results compiling

By Zia Kelly

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The Kansas midterm election polls have been closed for about two hours, and 53 of 97 county precincts are reporting results.

The race for governor has stayed within 10,000 votes statewide. However, Douglas County is clearly in favor of the Democratic candidate. The crowd is buzzing with excitement at the Paul Davis campaign party in Lawrence.

As of 9 p.m., Davis held 49 percent of state votes and 75 percent of Douglas county votes. Brownback is close behind in the state race with 47 percent but trailing considerably locally with only 23 percent of votes.

LHS grad Davis has yet to make a formal appearance at the watch party, but his supporters are gathered in downtown Lawrence anxiously waiting for results.

“I think he has definitely has pulled ahead,” district wellness coordinator Jennifer Osborn said. “I couldn’t even look at the screen, I just keep listening. I am, quite frankly, a nervous wreck. Because you never know what is going to happen.”