Mann concedes to Kobach in Kansas AG’s race

Republican Kris Kobach faces Chris Mann in Kansas' general election for attorney general.
Republican Kris Kobach faces Chris Mann in Kansas' general election for attorney general.(KWCH)
Published: Nov. 9, 2022 at 12:44 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) - Thursday evening Update: Democrat Chris Mann conceded in the Kansas Attorney General’s race, saying the remaining count of mail-in ballots likely won’t be enough to flip the projected final result. In further solidifying the win for Republican Kris Kobach, Mann issued the following statement:

While mail and provisional ballots will still be counted through the weekend, the outcome of the attorney general’s race will likely not change. I congratulate Kris Kobach on his election to this important office. I ask him - on behalf of all Kansans - to put aside divisive politics and focus on the safety and security of all Kansans.

I must express deep gratitude to my family and friends. My wife, Ashley, and our children - thank you for your support during this difficult and sometimes grueling year. This was a new experience for all of us and I could not have done it without you.

To my staff, thank you for the long days and hard work that each of you put into this campaign. You have made a lasting impact on me and I’m proud of each of you.

As a first time candidate - a law enforcement guy, and not a politician - I learned a lot this year. Some good, some bad. But at the end of the day, I am proud to have been part of this historic year in Kansas.

You know, ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to serve the public. I remember when I was young, I’d watch my dad leave for work as a police officer. I knew that was going to be my life’s mission. Of course, life has a way of interrupting our plans.

As many of you know, my path of service had a few big obstacles. But my faith led me through those painful and challenging times. Despite being forced to give up my career in uniform, I kept looking for new ways to serve the state of Kansas. And that is why I ran for office this year.

This campaign was never about politics for me, it was about service. And my life will continue to be about service from this day forward.

I know we’re all disappointed by this outcome. We’re saddened by the division that led us here. But, I’m not going to give up - and neither should you. We must continue to demand accountability from our leaders and we must continue to fight for freedom.

Kansas made history in August - and I’m incredibly proud of that. Unfortunately, sometimes progress is not linear. We must continue to work together to protect the rights of our friends and neighbors. Continue to ask tough questions and demand answers. And continue to make our voices heard on the issues we care about the most.

It has been an honor to travel the state and meet so many Kansans. Thank you for your support during the last year.

Wednesday Afternoon Update: In the race for Kansas Attorney General, Republican Kris Kobach is now the projected winner over Democrat Chris Mann. Kobach currently has a lead of more than 22,000 votes.

Kobach campaigned on fighting what he called government overreach. As one of his priorities, he’s promised lawsuits against the Biden Administration.

In a statement on Twitter, Kobach thanked supporters, saying, “it’s time to get to work tackling the fentanyl crisis... and pushing back against the Biden Administration’s illegal mandates.”

Mann is not conceding. In a tweet, he said, “there are tens of thousands of Kansas voters who mailed their ballots in before election day. They deserve for their votes to be counted as the law allows.”

However, multiple agencies have called the race in Kobach’s favor.

While the race for Kansas Attorney General remains close, Republican Kris Kobach took the stage around midnight on Wednesday to celebrate his lead over Democrat Chris Mann.

“We’re very confident that we have this victory tonight,” Kobach told supporters.

Kobach leads the way by nearly 14,000 votes, 51% to 49%, with results still coming in from about a dozen counties across the state.

Ahead of the August primary from which he emerged from a pool of three GOP candidates, Kobach said his experience bringing lawsuits against both the Biden and Obama administrations makes him a top choice to do the same as attorney general.

Not yet conceding, Mann issued a statement saying the race was “still too close to call.”

“I am deeply humbled by your support and hard work. I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran this year. I’ve never been a candidate before, I’ve always been a law enforcement guy first. And this year has been memorable in so many ways.

Looking ahead, this will be a late night and a long few days. Votes will continue to be counted until Friday. That is the law. We’ll continue to watch closely as votes come in and are counted in counties across the state. We’ll make sure every vote is counted. And we will make sure Kris Kobach follows the rules.

Again, thank you for everything you’ve done to support me. We will keep fighting for you.

Earlier in the evening, Kobach said he believed he had a good chance of winning having done well in Sedgwick County.

“Looking really closely at Sedgwick County right now,” Kobach told Flippin. “Sedgwick, with about two-thirds of the vote reported, I’ve got a very slight lead, but I consider Sedgwick a good barometer. If you win Sedgwick County, whether your Republican or Democrat, you have a very good chance of winning the state.”

Kobach won the attorney general’s race in Sedgwick County by 3,221 votes.