It’s been a busy day for those going after political office. And candidates have converged on Wichita.
“Last day before the election so we’re trying to encourage people to get out to vote,” said current Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kansas. “Obviously, the biggest wasted vote is one that people didn’t get out and cast.”
Estes was at Stearman Field at the Benton Airport to remind supporters to tell their family and friends to go vote.
His Democratic opponent James Thompson spent part of the day at Wichita State University.
“The campaign is off the charts. We have people just constantly in, and we are running from nine in the morning to 11 midnight at night,” says Thompson. “So, it’s crazy. That’s the whole focus right now is get out the vote so we do things like this where I come out and talk to people.”
Get out the vote is a common theme. All three major candidates for governor were in Wichita as well.
“We’re traveling around the state talking to my fellow Kansans about the issues they care about, sharing with them my vision for the state,” said Greg Orman, Independent candidate for governor. “And for me this race is really about turning around two decades of decline in Kansas.”
Democratic governor candidate and current Kansas Senate member Laura Kelly was in Wichita talking to supporters.
“It’s all been about getting out the vote. We’ve pretty much done everything we can do to ensure victory,” said Kelly. “What counts the most right now is making sure we get people to the polls.”
Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach stopped in Wichita to talk to supporters and energize new voters as well.
“I think all the national attention is probably going to increase voter turnout. I think you will see an unusually high number of people motivated by President Trump,” said Kobach. “We can persuade some people at the last moment. The other factor is reminding people to vote.”
All the candidates say they will spend time with family and friends, but all say they will continue to talk to voters tomorrow to push for a win.