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Gov. Laura Kelly wins reelection in a Republican Kansas

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Two very close races have been called in Kansas: Incumbent Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly won a second term, with about a 1.5% lead over her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt. And Republican Kris Kobach beat Democrat Chris Mann by about 2 points in his bid for attorney general.

After the midterms, Kansas' government is a great example of how the rest of the nation looks: divided. Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won her reelection bid, giving solidly-red Kansas another four years with a Democratic governor.

Meanwhile, the conservative firebrand Kris Kobach, who made national headlines during his two terms as secretary of state, secured a comeback by winning his race for attorney general. The Kansas News Services' Dylan Lysen talks about the journey these two took to win their races.

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