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Election Day 2022: Kansas and Missouri post-midterms analysis

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Gov. Laura Kelly speaks at an election night event.
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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly stopped just short of declaring victory on election night, but the Associated Press officially called the race for Kelly the following afternoon.

Four political scientists from Kansas and Missouri broke down the results in several key races and provided analysis on the biggest stories of Election Day 2022.

With some races still too close to call on the morning after the 2022 midterm election, Up to Date brought in political experts for analysis of what we did know.

First, we checked in on local races including bond measures in Kansas City, Missouri, the Johnson County Commission Chair race and the reelection of Frank White as the Jackson County Executive.

Then we examined Kansas' ballot measures and the state's races for its 3rd Congressional district, attorney general and governor. After the show, the Associated Press called the race for Kansas governor in favor of Democratic incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly.

On the Missouri side, we discussed the legalization of recreational marijuana, Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt's U.S. Senate victory over Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine and voters' decision to raise police funding from 20% to 25% of the Kansas City budget.

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