Kansans vote down amendment that would have led to abortion restrictions
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(CN) — Kansans shut down a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to further restrict or even ban abortions, while Republican firebrand Kris Kobach fought to win another chance at a political office following defeats for the U.S. Senate and governorship.
Kansans voted on a constitutional amendment called the Value Them Both amendment that states abortion is not a right under the Kansas Constitution. The vote comes after a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in 2019 found that abortion procedures were guaranteed under the state Constitution as part of personal autonomy, “which includes the ability to control one’s own body.”
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the amendment would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass new laws restricting or even banning abortions.
As of 10 p.m., the AP called the vote for the opposition to the amendment, with a vote of 61.8% to 38.2% with 77% of the votes reported in. The polls closed at 7 p.m. Central.
In the attorney general contest, Trump ally Kobach seeks to reenter public office. Kobach gained national attention as a frequent guest on conservative talk shows and part of former President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission.
Kobach faces former federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi and state Senator Kellie Warren for the job. Although Kobach has greater name recognition, Warren has the bulk of support from Kansas Republican organizations.
Kobach is currently leading the race at 40.5%, with Warren at 38.8% and Mattivi at 20.7%.
In the Democratic primary for governor, incumbent Laura Kelly leads Richard Karnowski 94.5% to 5.5%. The AP has called the race for Kelly
On the Republican side, current Secretary of State Derek Schmidt leads Arlyn Briggs 79.9% to 20.1%. Schmidt was called the winner by the AP.
In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, incumbent Senator Jerry Moran leads Joan Farr 80.3% to 19.7%. The AP has called the race for Moran.
Mark Holland leads the Democrats with 40.3%, followed by Paul Buskirk at 19.4 and Patrick Wiesner at 18.7%.
In the secretary of state race, Republican incumbent Scott Schwab leads Mike Brown 56% to 44%.
Democrat Jeanna Repass is running unopposed.