Tuesday night primary roundup; (Live blog) Check often for updates #NativeVote18

Selfie time. Sharice Davids thanks her supporters and says she will be waiting for the results. (Photo by Rhonda LeValdo)

Mark Trahant

Native candidates on the ballot in Kansas, Washington

12:45 Eastern. I have been writing about politics for a long time. And I am always amazed at how hard some candidates work. Debra Lekanoff running for the Washington House in the 40th district is one of those candidates. On FB she reported knocking on 11, 856 doors.

Doing the work. And it pays in votes. From the Secretary of State's office:

​And Sen. John McCoy looks set to move on to the November ballot.

12:30 Eastern. Back to Washington. Reporter Ashley Hirukotweets:

"With 41,641 ballots counted and about 5,000 left to count, incumbent Doug Ericksen has 45.8 percent of votes in the 42nd District State Senate race. He’s followed by Pinky Vargas with just under 29 percent of votes and TimBallew II with 25 percent of votes."

Ballew, Lummi, is the former chairman of his nation.

And in Shoreline, Chris Roberts was locked in a tight battle for the second position in November.

12:14 Eastern. Johnson County posted about 10 percent of its precincts and Sharice Davids quickly picked up a lot of votes.

That said. The county is also having computer problems. Big time.

A couple of tweets tell the story.

Shawnee Mission Post‏: The Johnson County Election Office needs to get its act together on tallying and reporting results before the general. The whole state is waiting on us tonight. This should be a major embarrassment to Johnson County leaders.

Steve Vockrodt‏: Johnson County's ability to tally and post vote totals punctually in this election, as well as the 2016 general election, has been abysmal. It used to be among the most prompt election offices in the metro area. Now it's the worst. By far.

A lot of counting still ahead. The Kansas City Star said there are big computer glitches and counting could take a couple more hours.

12:02 Eastern. Johnson County is starting to trickle in (2 percent so far) and here is where the Kansas third congressional district stands on the Democratic side.

Brent Welder, 38.9 percent

Sharice Davids - 32.9 percent

Tom Niermann - 14.8 percent

11:47 Eastern. Sharice Davids visited with her supporters late Tuesday. She thanked her supporters. "I am really excited about what November will look like, not just for the 3rd district but for the entire country. We have a movement going on."

She said she is sticking around until results come in. That would be Johnson County's results as the rest of the district has already been counted.

11:45 Eastern. The Kansas City Star's lead political reporter, Bryan Lowry, tweets: "We're basically waiting on JoCo now. Here's the results from Wyco. (All other candidates below 1,000 in the county). Sharice Davids: 4,330; Brent Welder: 7,601"

11:35 Eastern. We may have Washington's election results before Kansas.

In the 8th congressional district, Dino Rossi, the only Republican in the race, has an easy path to the November ballot. He earned 40 percent of the primary vote, so far, but leads two Democrats, [Jason Rittereiser](https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVoteOLVR/OnlineVotersGuide/GetCandidateStatement?electionId=70&candidateId=52542&raceJurisdictionName=Congressional&Display=Statewide&partyName=(Prefers%20Democratic%20Party%29&raceName=Congressional%20District%208%20-%20U.S.%20Representative), who has 18 percent, and [Kim Schrier](https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVoteOLVR/OnlineVotersGuide/GetCandidateStatement?electionId=70&candidateId=53086&raceJurisdictionName=Congressional&Display=Statewide&partyName=(Prefers%20Democratic%20Party%29&raceName=Congressional%20District%208%20-%20U.S.%20Representative) at 21 percent.

In Washington state the top two vote getters, regardless of party, move on to the November ballot.

Rossi is Tlingit. (Background story.)

Dino Rossi gets cheers as he announced he's got twice the votes as nearest competitor in the 8th district congressional race after early results Photo via Twitter

11:20 Eastern. CBS reports that Ohio's 12th is too close to call. All of the precincts have been counted, but there are still 8,483 outstanding ballots that may be counted. It's those ballots that could determine the outcome.

More numbers: Outstanding absentee ballots 5,04; provisional ballots, 3,435. The margin is .09 perent and Ohio law mandates that a recount must be performed in a district if the difference between two candidates is 0.5 percent or less.

11:11 Eastern. Why wait for numbers? Brent Welder took the stage at his campaign party to chants of "yes, we Kansas."

It will be interesting to see what he has to say with 12 percent of the vote in hand.

As Ed McKinley just tweeted: "Of the 628 precincts in the ~~#~~KS03 district, 502 are in Johnson County. Only one has reported so far. There's a long way to go before Welder will feel like his current 8% lead is safe."

And what did Welder say: "There is nothing to report here."

Move along.

10:44 Eastern. Don't read too much into early returns. It depends on where the votes are coming from. One good early sign for Sharice Davids is she is showing strength in Johnson County.

10:34 Eastern. Nearly all of the votes are counted in the special election in Ohio and the Republican, Balderson, clings to a lead.

Nate Silver writes in FiveThirtyEight: "Now all but 7 precincts reported in OH-12, and Balderson leads by 0.8 percentage points or about 1,500 votes. O’Connor will need help from provisional ballots, or he’ll need there to have been voting irregularities. Ohio tends to have a lot of provisional balloting, but it’s a longshot."

This was a district that Trump won easily two years ago and Democrats have not won since the 1980s.

10:20 Eastern.

Another batch of votes. This one puts Brent Welder up.

Brent Welder 38 percent

Sharice Davids 31 percent

Tom Niermann 16 percent

Mike McCamon 6 percent

Sylvia D. Williams 4 percent

Jay Sidie 2 percent.

118 of 652 (18 percent) precincts reporting, 24,363 total votes

10:12 Eastern. #SheRepresents

​10:04 pm. Another batch from Johnson County and now Sharice Davids has the lead. (And we are almost at 1 percent of the total.)

9:58 pm Eastern. First ballots trickle in for Kansas third. Davids trails Welder by three votes, 30 to 37. That accounts for two-tenths of one percent of the precincts.

At least it's a number, right?

9:53 pm Eastern. The lead in the governor's race has shifted. Nate Silver writes from FiveThirtyEight: "Kobach has pulled into a 300 vote “lead” in Kansas. But there’s nothing yet from Johnson County, which are affluent, high-education suburbs of Kansas City, and which might go for the more establishment-y choice in Colyer."

Oh yeah. That's the race we are waiting for too.

Live music at the Sharice Davids watch party. (Photo by Rhonda LeValdo)

9:45 Eastern. This tweet from Johnson County tells the story: ELECTION RESULTS UPDATE: We experienced high voter turnout in Johnson County today. We are delaying our reporting of results until we confirm all voters in line have cast their votes.

Our first results report will include results from advance voting, in person and by mail."

Soon. (And I thought Washington would be late. Dang. Guess it's time to make coffee.)

9:25 Eastern.Lynn Horsley a reporter for the Kansas City Star tweeted: "Nathan Carter of JOCO Election office reports that people are still voting in a few polling places as of 8 p.m. Polls were scheduled to close at 7 p.m. but turnout has been high for this primary, possibly 30 percent."

I know, 30 percent doesn't seem high. But I just peeked at the county records from two years ago, turnout in the primary was 19.85 percent.

So thirty is a wow.

9:20 Eastern. The New York Times says half of the ballots have now been counted in Ohio's 12 congressional district and Democrat Danny O’Connor leads by 5 percentage points over Troy Balderson.

The district surrounds Columbus and has not elected a Democrat since the 1980s. However Trump won the district by 9 points in 2016 and Cook Political Report ranks it as R+7.

Vox said with 54 percent of the vote counted O'Connor's lead has shrunk to three points.

9:15 Eastern.The Kansas City Star says there were voting problems all day in Johnson County (Kansas third congressional district). The Star reported: "The county spent more than $10 million to buy the new machines, which provide a paper audit trail in case of any disputed outcome. The county’s old machines were outdated and needed to be replaced, and we have no quarrel with that decision.But some of the new machines simply didn’t work Tuesday, leading some voters to give up and go to work. Poll workers were seemed unsure of a backup plan. Some voters think ballots may have been miscast."

That cannot be good.

9 Eastern. No number yet in Kansas third. But we did fire up our high tech equipment so we are ready.

Rhonda LeValdo reports that people are still in line in Johnson County (which makes sense because other Kansas votes are being tallied).


8:52 Eastern. We keep seeing a zero total next to candidate names in Kansas third. But there are numbers trickling in for other races, both in Kansas, and in other states.

The Washington Post is reporting that Democratic nominee Danny O’Connor has 80 percent of the early vote while Republican nominee Troy Balderson with 19 percent. The New York Times says O'Connor is leading 55.4 percent to Republican Troy Balderson's 43.9 percent with54,990 votes or 18 percent reporting (106 of 591 precincts.

What to watch: Voters in Ohio’s 12th District are choosing a replacement for Representative Pat Tiberi, a Republican who resigned to work for a business group. The candidates are Troy Balderson, a Republican endorsed last week by Mr. Trump, and Danny O’Connor, a Democrat.

The race is expected to be close, and both national parties are spending heavily. But whoever loses will get a rematch in the regularly scheduled election in just three months.


Live Analysis by Nate Cohn

Nate Cohn is a domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times. He covers elections, polling and demographics.

8:39 Eastern. Another Kansas race to watch is the Republican primary for governor. President Donald J. Trump endorsed Kris Kobach over Governor Jeff Colyer.

Will that make a difference?

Kobach was the chairman of the White House election reform commission. The Native American Rights Fund called that committee "a sham."

NARF said: "Their agenda makes clear that this Commission has no intention of studying the real problem in American elections today: voter suppression. In response to the sham commission, and to gather a real record of voter experiences in advance of suppressive legislation this sham commission is sure to propose, the Native American Rights Fund, along with partners from the Native American Voting Rights Coalition, held its first in a series of field hearings to document the voter suppression efforts already underway in Native communities across the country."

8:30 Eastern. First numbers are expected soon.

Journalist Rhonda LeValdo is at Sharice Davids' watch party and will be tweeting through the night. She took this photograph of Davids' mother who said she is nervous, but "mostly excited." Big night.


Sharice Davids' mom speaks to volunteers. (Rhonda LeValdo photo)

8:22 Eastern.

There are all sorts of "purity" tests in politics these days. Republicans have often used abortion rights as one of those tests and vice versa for Democrats.

But there is a new test, taking money from any outside group, such as EMILY's list. Some of the supporters from Bernie Sanders said specifically that is they did not endorse Sharice Davids in this primary.

This same issue surfaced in Deb Haaland's successful bid in Albuquerque. A few days before the primary Public Integrity posted an article that read: "She wants to overturn ‘Citizens United,’ the decision that gave rise to super PACs. She's also supported by one." But then you read the story ... and see that the Super Pac was a startup Native PAC, Gen.

"Despite spending $260,000 to back the New Mexico candidate, 7Gen Leaders only received one donation over $200 from the state: $1,000 from Lloyd “Skip” Sayre, the chief of sales and marketing for the Laguna Development Corporation, which manages the casinos for the Laguna Pueblo tribe in New Mexico," the article said. "More than half of 7Gen Leaders’ funds, or $125,000, come from Women Vote!, the super PAC branch of EMILY’s List, a liberal group dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights."

This really gets to the heart of why a Native American woman has never been elected to Congress; money. It's expensive to run for office and not many Native women (or men) have the resources of wealth.

That same EMILY's list that supports David. And Davids response via Twitter: “I’m definitely not going to apologize for taking ~~@~~emilyslist support, b/c they play a role in helping pro-choice women candidates get elected.”

8 pm Eastern.

Kansas. Polls are closed and votes will begin to be counted in the 3rd congressional district where Sharice Davids, Ho Chunk, faces voters for the first time.

Davids had strong support from EMILY's List and ran her campaign based on Kansas issues. She posted on Twitter a few hours ago: "While I’ve been running around ~~#~~KS03 today, volunteers have packed our offices in ~~#~~KCK to make ~~#~~GOTV phone calls & canvassing packets. I’m inspired & energized every day by the passionate people on ~~#~~TeamSharice!"

Deb Haaland, who won her primary race in New Mexico in the first congressional district, tweeted tonight: "I will need partners in Congress to pass good public policy. Like taking on the gun lobby, and capitalizing on green energy. Retweet this and spread the word to everyone in Kansas!"

Background stories on Sharice Davids here and here.

In other races: Ohio's 12 congressional election. This is a special election between Troy Balderson, a Republican endorsed by President Donald J. Trump, and Danny O’Connor, a Democrat. This race is expected to be close and is the last general election before November.

Update from The New York Times.

Polls close in Washington state at 11 pm. But returns can be tricky from Washington because most votes are sent by mail.

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