Kris Kobach

Democrat Laura Kelly defeats Republican Kris Kobach for Kansas governor

Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. Photo: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images
Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. Photo: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Laura Kelly handed Democrats a signifiant victory Tuesday night, defeating Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the state's closely watched gubernatorial race.

Why it matters: Kelly, a state Senator, is the first Democrat to be elected governor of Kansas since 2009. Kobach served as the state's Secretary of State and had the backing of President Trump. He served as vice chairman of the Trump administration’s now-disbanded voter fraud commission, which was created to investigate possible voter fraud. 

Wilbur Ross backtracks on census immigration question

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

In a court filing released Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross changed his reasoning of how he came to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census questionnaire, now saying former chief strategist Steve Bannon was a part of the discussion, contradicting his prior accounts.

Why it matters: Ross originally said the citizenship questions was to help the Department of Justice enforce the Voting Rights Act. Critics say adding the question would undercount the number of immigrants in the U.S., as people may be afraid to answer it honestly. Population shifts tracked by the census have major ramifications in redistricting boundaries for House districts.

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